Amputation tools used in Revolutionary War sell for $100K
July 14, 2017
BOSTON (AP) — A collection of amputation tools used in the Revolutionary War has fetched more than $100,000 at auction.
The amputation kits were owned by Dr. John Warren, a Continental Army surgeon and a founder of Harvard Medical School. Boston-based RR Auction didn't identify the buyer Thursday.
Auction house officials say the tools show signs of heavy use and come from a time before doctors understood the importance of sterilization.
The tools include saws, a curved amputation knife, surgical scissors, forceps and a tourniquet. They were previously sold by Harvard University in a wareh...