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This is grisly stuff. If you can’t stomach horror, you shouldn’t read any further. It is about a time much before anesthesia, pain killers, and antiseptics were invented or offered and when surgeries were mostly performed on conscious patients among blood, screams and often spectators. I find it painful to get my eyebrows plucked. I don’t know how people could bear the pain of an amputation then or how surgeons could perform the nightmarish surgeries. Sometimes, we should be thankful for the gifts of modern medicine.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/crucial-interventions-richard-barnett-surgery-victorian-amputation/

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