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April 15, 1944

Amputation with Refrigeration Anesthesia

JAMA. 1944;124(16):1145. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850160051019

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An abstract under this heading published in The Journal, March 18, page 808, read in part as follows: "The mortality for such amputations was formerly as high as 65 per cent. The ice and ligation method reduced this to 15.5 per cent in 45 patients who underwent 62 operations. The mortality for thigh amputations in this series was 13.3 per cent." These figures referred not to the author's series but to those of the City Hospital of New York as quoted by the author. The figures should have read "In our series the mortality was 28.5 per cent. A few years ago in the same two hospitals our mortality over a ten year period for all diabetic amputations was 75 per cent."

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