Medical invention - chainsaw

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If given the question, I would not have fathomed that the chainsaw device with a continuous 'blade' was originally a medical device from the late 18th century.
An effort saving machine for lumberjacks cutting wood would have been my first guess. But wrong.

But when one thinks about it, the hand held powered chainsaw the average homeowner can buy is a recent ( 50 years or so ) machine. For quite some time engines were heavy. So heavy that a handheld was out of the question until technology improved to give weight savings such as aluminium blocks.
Lumberjacks would necessarily have stuck with the trusty two man straight blade to cut down a tree, as that could be carried around and manueuvred much more easily than a cumbersome heavy machine that hurt your ears when running. Effort saving was not to be had until after the middle of last century.

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Early chain saw muscle powered for cutting bone in medical operations.
 
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256bits said:
If given the question, I would not have fathomed that the chainsaw device with a continuous 'blade' was originally a medical device from the late 18th century.
An effort saving machine for lumberjacks cutting wood would have been my first guess. But wrong.

But when one thinks about it, the hand held powered chainsaw the average homeowner can buy is a recent ( 50 years or so ) machine. For quite some time engines were heavy. So heavy that a handheld was out of the question until technology improved to give weight savings such as aluminium blocks.
Lumberjacks would necessarily have stuck with the trusty two man straight blade to cut down a tree, as that could be carried around and manueuvred much more easily than a cumbersome heavy machine that hurt your ears when running. Effort saving was not to be had until after the middle of last century.

read on.....
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/foodanddr...pc=U531&cvid=36d61fcabddc4954843451cbe583f957

https://chainsawlarry.com/when-were-chainsaws-invented/

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Early chain saw muscle powered for cutting bone in medical operations.
Yikes, I do not think anaesthesia was particularly well developed in the 18th century.
Whiskey perhaps?
 
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pinball1970 said:
Yikes, I do not think anaesthesia was particularly well developed in the 18th century.
Whiskey perhaps?
Many early researchers of anaesthesia became addicts.

A nice read about a couple of them
An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1400078792/?tag=pfamazon01-20
 
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Frabjous said:
Many early researchers of anaesthesia became addicts.

A nice read about a couple of them
An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1400078792/?tag=pfamazon01-20
One of my lecturers at Uni was an ether addict. He was probably the age I am now or younger, it was 1987, Pretty matter of fact about it, first lecture come to think of it.
Some practicals involved ether. Lots of Drosophila studies where they were euthanized at the end. I supposed he just gained his addiction via diffusion?
Anyway that contraption in the OP is terrifying and anaesthesia is just one of those things we take for granted now.
As a small aside I was struck by an episode of house where he performs an amputation with what looks like a small wood saw. <snip -- Google link to page of ads now removed>
EDIT: Completely wrong after checking! How does one remember things in such a distorted way? Anyway, This is TV not real life but I think House team tried to be realistic @berkeman
6.30 in the video. If you have never watched House then I recommend it.
 
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There was a scene in the movie THe Cider House Rules where the doctor played by Michael Caine would take ether naps until it killed him later in the movie.
 
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256bits said:
If given the question, I would not have fathomed that the chainsaw device with a continuous 'blade' was originally a medical device from the late 18th century.
An effort saving machine for lumberjacks cutting wood would have been my first guess. But wrong.

But when one thinks about it, the hand held powered chainsaw the average homeowner can buy is a recent ( 50 years or so ) machine. Here For quite some time engines were heavy. So heavy that a handheld was out of the question until technology improved to give weight savings such as aluminium blocks.
Lumberjacks would necessarily have stuck with the trusty two man straight blade to cut down a tree, as that could be carried around and manueuvred much more easily than a cumbersome heavy machine that hurt your ears when running. Effort saving was not to be had until after the middle of last century.

read on.....
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/foodanddr...pc=U531&cvid=36d61fcabddc4954843451cbe583f957

https://chainsawlarry.com/when-were-chainsaws-invented/

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Early chain saw muscle powered for cutting bone in medical operations.
Interesting and curious to know! How a medical device saw changed the landscape of the planet))) Deforestation means medicine is to blame for everything))))
 
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Yeah, except one could say that about every invention most notably the wheel.
 
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1. How did the chainsaw become a medical invention?

The chainsaw was originally invented in the 1830s for the purpose of cutting wood. However, in the late 19th century, it was adapted for use in medical procedures by a German orthopedist named Bernhard Heine. He used a chainsaw to cut through bone during amputations and other surgical procedures.

2. What medical procedures is the chainsaw used for?

The chainsaw is primarily used in orthopedic surgeries, such as amputations, limb lengthening, and bone removal. It is also used in some neurosurgical procedures for cutting through the skull.

3. Is the chainsaw still used in modern medicine?

Yes, the chainsaw is still used in some medical procedures, although it has been largely replaced by more specialized and precise tools. It is primarily used in emergency situations where time is of the essence, such as in disaster response or military operations.

4. How has the chainsaw improved over time for medical use?

Over time, the chainsaw has been adapted and improved for medical use. Modern medical chainsaws have smaller and lighter blades, as well as specialized features for safety and precision. They also have improved vibration control to reduce the risk of injury to the patient.

5. Are there any risks or drawbacks to using a chainsaw in medical procedures?

While the chainsaw can be an effective tool in certain medical situations, it also carries some risks. It can cause tissue damage, excessive bleeding, and even infection if not used properly. Therefore, it should only be used by trained professionals in controlled and emergency situations.

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