Bone-setting mechanism. 18th-century journal page illustrating a mechanism used following bone surgery to keep pieces of healing bone at their proper distances. The surgery was carried out in 1760 on a 41-year-old soldier who had suffered a gunshot wound some years earlier that had shattered the bone of the upper arm. The mechanism and surgery was carried out and reported by the French surgeon Claude Nicholas Le Cat (1700-1768), of Rouen, France. This page is from volume 56 (1766) of the journal 'Philosophical Transactions', published by the Royal Society. Le Cat was elected a Fellow of the Society in 1740.
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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