Cauterisation tools

Cauterisation is one of the oldest medical practices -its use was common even in Antiquity. In the 18th century, an operator could use caustic, naturally occurring chemicals, such as aloe sap, or man-made chemicals such as corrosive sublimate (mercuric chloride) or red-hot metal rods that were heated in village forges before being applied to the animal's skin.

One can imagine the suffering of the animals who were often unable to stand up and move around for long periods.

"Fires" were used in the treatment of many skin conditions such as the removal of warts, tumours, etc. They were also often used for a horse's tendonitis. The animal was immobilised and the skin was burned either in lines, stripes or at multiple points. Occasionally cauterisation went very deep. One can imagine the suffering of the animals who were often unable to stand up and move around for long periods. These practices disappeared in the second half of the 20th century.

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