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#1 Bob Hudson

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 05:26 PM

My brother is always finding unusual things at Pennsylvania sales. He showed me this and said "I think it's a Civil War tourniquet." I looked at the object, and replied, "No..."

Well it is indeed the brass frame for what is known at Petit's spiral / screw tourniquet, a 1718 invention that was used for amputations by most military surgeons froms the late 18th century on through the Civil War.

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Here"s one in use from http://householdphys...r17.php?page=75:

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