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Peter Freuchen probably the world's most interesting man. Arctic explorer, journalist, author, anthropologist and badass. Among other things he amputated his own toes and lost his leg. Imprisoned and sentenced to death by Nazis he later escaped, won the $64,000 question, starred in an Oscar winning movie.

Arctic Explorer Peter Freuchen and wife, Magdalene Vang Lauridsen. Photo: Irving Penn, 1947 awesome people who made history always take the most surreal tongue in cheek portrait photo

Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War focuses on disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation. Photo: Soldiers at Armory Square Hospital, Washington D.C., 1860s.

Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War focuses on disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation. Photo: Soldiers at Armory Square Hospital, Washington D.

In 1961, Leonid Rogozov, 27, was the only surgeon in the Soviet Antarctic Expedition. During the expedition, he felt severe pain in the stomach and had a high fever. Rogozov examined himself and discovered that his appendix was inflamed and could burst at any time. With a local anesthesia, he operated himself to remove the appendix. An engineer and a meteorologist assisted surgery.

In Leonid Rogozov, was the only surgeon in the Soviet Antarctic Expedition. During the expedition, he felt severe pain in the stomach and had a high fever. Rogozov examined himself and discovered that his appendix was inflamed and could burst at

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1917 Munitions workers paint shells in the National Shell Filling Factory at Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, during the First World War.

Amputation

imtackyandihateyou: “ During the Civil War union surgeons performed nearly amputations. Surgical manuals, with illustrations, explained the proper way to amputate. Surgeons were taught that an amputation should be performed within the first.

Pvt. Benjamin Franklin, Company H, 2nd Regiment, Minnesota, Cavalry. Lost all four limbs to frostbite, December, 1865. Physician: Dr. Alfred Muller.

Benjamin Franklin, Company H, Regiment, Minnesota, Cavalry. Private Franklin lost all four limbs to frostbite December of but Dr. Alfred Muller must’ve done a pretty spiffing job.