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A Civil War Surgical Kit is the Stuff of Nightmares (9 Photos)

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The grisly contents of a Civil War surgeon’s surgical kit have acted as a reminder of the realities of the war.

With 51,000 casualties to tend to over three days of fierce fighting, the civil war surgeon’s weapon of choice was often an amputation saw.

The contents of the surgeon’s toolkit could be mistaken for instruments of torture, but they were actually very effective.

Despite a lack of sterilization, antibiotics and the sheer scale of casualties, 75 per cent of injured soldiers who went under the surgeon’s saw survived.

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