Gigli Saw


The Gigli surgical saw allowed faster, easier, and safer opening of the skull. The form originated with Leonardo Gigli (1863–1908), an Italian surgeon and obstetrician.

Ref: W. W. Keen, “On the Use of the Gigli Wire Saw to Obtain Access to the Brain,” The Philadelphia Medical Journal (Jan. 1, 1889): 323-33.

Dan Aurel Nica, et. al., “Leonardo Gigli and the Gigli Saw—Gigli Redividus,” World Neurosurgery 135 (March 2020): 35-37.

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2012.0165.241Catalog Number: 2012.0165.241Accession Number: 2012.0165

Object Name: gigli sawchain sawsurgical instrument

Measurements: overall, uncoiled: 5/8 in x 18 3/8 in x 2 1/2 in; 1.5875 cm x 46.6725 cm x 6.35 cm


Record Id: nmah_1438747

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