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April 11, 1885

CASE OF UNION AFTER LOSS OF TWO INCHES OF THE TIBIA.

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OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.

JAMA. 1885;IV(15):396-397. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390900004001d

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Abstract

The following report is prepared from the memoranda of Dr. M. F. Bassett, of Quincy, Ill.:

In the month of April, 1871, Peter Vahle, a mechanic, was injured in the leg by a fragment of a small iron cannon which exploded in the celebration of the surrender of Paris.

The physicians called found the fragment, which was of about two pounds weight, still clinging to the lacerated flesh and clothing. It had torn away a portion of the leg at about the junction of the middle and lower third of the tibia, destroying the continuity of this bone by the loss of two inches of its length. The fibula was uninjured, and a strip of flesh inclosing it and covered by its integument of about the width of three fingers, was all that remained of the soft parts. Hæmorrhage was not profuse. Immediate amputation was advised, which the patient refused;

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