Hot Irons for Cauterizing
Back in the early days of surgery, it was touch and go as far as the knowledge needed to perform surgeries to save lives. Doctors didn’t know how to stop bleeding in patients, so they used hot irons to cauterize the wounds. This seems like a crazy way to stop bleeding, and it also seems dangerous. They had no anesthesia to keep patients asleep throughout the surgery, so they likely felt everything was happening. It sounds terrifying! Using a hot iron is not only unsanitary, but it could also damage the nerves in your body, especially if it is a large iron that takes up more space than necessary. This makes us glad to be alive today with our medical advancements!