Animal Castration

Firing.

This mode of castration consists in the application to the cut end of the testicular cord—previously divided with the bistoury, or by the cautery—as a means of hemostasis, of an iron heated to a white heat—the actual cautery. This is claimed to be one of the oldest modes of operating, Vegetius and Absyrtus describing it as a common process of castration. It is much in favor in England, and in some parts of Germany, though less practiced in some other parts of Europe. The instruments essentially needed for the operation of castration by firing are two; the first, a peculiar forceps

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