The Chain Saw - A Scottish Invention

@article{Skippen2004TheCS,
  title={The Chain Saw - A Scottish Invention},
  author={Mark William Skippen and John R. Kirkup and Rosie Maxton and Stuart W Mcdonald},
  journal={Scottish Medical Journal},
  year={2004},
  volume={49},
  pages={72 - 75}
}
The prototype of the chain saw familiar today in the timber industry was pioneered in the late 18th Century by two Scottish doctors, John Airken and James Jeffray, for symphysiotomy and excision of diseased bone respectively. The chain hand saw, a fine serrated link chain which cut on the concave side, was invented around 1783–1785. It was illustrated in Aitken's Principles of Midwifery or Puerperal Medicine (1785) and used by him in his dissecting room. Jeffray claimed to have conceived the… 

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