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May 22, 1915

SOME SURGICAL EXPERIENCES AMONG INDIANS OF ALASKA

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Passed Assistant Surgeon, U. S. Public Health Service JUNEAU, ALASKA

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(21):1748-1749. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570470032010

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Abstract

Every physician at some time during his career is called on to administer aid and even to perform a serious operation under most trying circumstances, and without proper equipment and assistants; in this respect the following experience may be of some interest.

It has been estimated that at least 20 per cent. of the Indian children in Southeastern Alaska are afflicted with adenoids and diseased tonsils which require surgical interference. This condition is largely due to the rainy weather which prevails in this section of Alaska. During a recent tour of inspection of the Government Indian Schools in Southeastern Alaska, I performed fifty-seven surgical operations in thirteen days at Klawock and Hydaburg, two Indian settlements 40 miles apart on Prince of Wales Island.

The table shows the maximum number of cases operated in a sngel day to be seven; five in the morning from 9 10 12, and two in the afternoon.

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