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April 19, 1947


JAMA. 1947;133(16):1237. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880160063022

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To the Editor:—  In Queries and Minor Notes in The Journal March 1, page 656, under the heading Artificial Limbs, you state that in larger cities there are concerns that assemble artificial limbs under their own trade mark.This would give the reader the impression that legs are being purchased in sections, in different shapes and sizes, such as the ankle, shin and thigh, bolted or riveted together and the trade mark stamped on. This, however, is not the case because most of the concerns buy the wood in different shapes. It may be either square, hexagonal or octagonal, 1 to 3 feet long and is being cut with band or hand saw and carved with drawing knife, chisel, gouge or special tools and bored and shaped invariably by hand by men who are wood carvers. These men from experience became familiar with the shape and function of the human

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