Reference numberCLP/12ii/62
TitlePaper, 'Observations of a wound in the right thigh, which was in the side, of the superior, middle, and external part of the said thigh, with an orifise [orifice], in the great posteriour branch, of the crural arterie, where it was impossible to make the ligature, being to [sic] near the trunc, so was cured, without the operation of amputation' by [Michael] Bermingham
DescriptionBermingham describes a case witnessed in Paris [France] on 10 March 1719 in which a baker fell onto an iron spike that wounded his thigh and caused him to bleed profusely. Bermingham and his colleagues dressed the wound with bandages soaked in brandy and camphor and planned to amputate the leg. Bermingham made an incision and found the source of the bleeding, but was unable to make the ligature needed to stem the bleeding due to its being too near the trunk. The incision coupled with subsequent orifices ultimately helped to cure the wound.

Subject: Surgery

Read to the Royal Society on 7 June 1739.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
Access statusOpen
Related records in the catalogueRBO/21/60
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