Remember When Chainsaws Were Used On Women During Childbirth

Chainsaws were actually invented to help women give birth to babies.

In the old days when a baby got stuck due to breech or being too large, surgeons used chainsaws to remove bone and cartilage from the pelvis in a procedure called a ‘symphysiotomy’.

It was powered by a hand crank and had teeth on a chain that moved round the edge of the device.

It evolved into what we have today and is no longer used on women.

Where this gets crazy:

They originally used a small knife, which took a long time, and was very painful so they moved on to more humane methods like the chainsaw.

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  1. This looks like a human method? Oh my…😓

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