Thankfully, it’s very rare that one would have to have a penis completely or partially amputated these days. Back then, cancer of the prepuce, penis, and urethra were the most common reason to have to do this. However, gangrene and injuries, or damage from untreated venereal disease (that would lead to gangrene) would sometimes end up needing amputation.

Atlas and Epitome of Operative Surgery. Dr. Otto Zuckerkandi, 1902.

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