If you were to think about a chainsaw at this current point in time, chances are that you would think about how it can be used to cut through hard materials like wood and lumber. However, did you know that the initial use for chainsaws was actually quite different from what we have gotten used to over these past few decades? Indeed, if you were to peer back into the annals of history, you would discover that the first chainsaws were used in a field where they might seem distinctly out of place these days.
In 1830, Bernard Heine invented a tool which was the first chainsaw to have ever existed by that point. However, Heine was in no way a lumberjack. Rather, he was a doctor, and his invention was primarily used for things like amputations and the like. In fact, the first name that was given to this tool was bonecutter due to the reason that it could cut through bone a great deal easily than anything that might have come before it, something that resulted in amputations becoming more painless without a shadow of a doubt.
Prior to the invention of the chainsaw, amputations used to be really messy affairs that often left the people getting them thoroughly injured. Once the chainsaw started being used, limbs could be cut off a lot more cleanly which resulted in the rest of the body being able to heal in a much shorter period of time. Amputees were able to get up and about and start moving relatively normally once the healing process was complete and it was all thanks to an invention that has changed quite a bit by now.