Necessity, mother of invention

“The secret is not that childbirth is painful, but that women are strong…”

Laura Stavoe Harm

A quick trip to Bunnings and any DIY enthusiast can have a chainsaw in their hands, or indeed in a variety of body parts should things go wrong. The chainsaw is a daily tool for those who need to cut with power if not precision. So what is it’s origin story? John Aitken and James Jeffrey invented the device in the 1780s. Uncomfortably, it was developed to perform a rapid symphsiotomy, or cutting of the pelvic bone, during obstructed childbirth. It was powered by a hand crank and significantly predates anaesthesia or aseptic surgery. #obstetriciansofbunnings #letsmakelemonade

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