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The Brush of the Savage Artist

Artwork, Volume 3; Issue 2

The Brush of the Savage Artist
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The scalpel (from the Latin, scalprum, a tool for scraping or paring) has served as the key to unlock the mysteries of the body, the tool that initiates the sacred act that is “surgery.” The first scalpel blades, used by the Egyptians were made of obsidian, a material that is still used today in sub-Saharan Africa. This is a “#10” blade, formerly the most commonly used variant. With the widespread adoption of minimally invasive surgery, or laparoscopic surgery, this gracefully curved and elegant blade has given way to the sharply angled “#11” blade.

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