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There is little in this subject of technical interest to the surgeon of to-day; it is such an old subject, its technic is so familiar and its performance so simple. Surgeons are looking for greater things, therefore the immediate result is about all they observe and but seldom stop to consider carefully the most important question relative to these amputations, the ultimate usefulness of the stump.
Having been called on three times during the past year to make leg amputations where the Chopart stump was so painful that use was impossible, having also noted the wide differences of opinion among surgeons and also among artificial limb makers, as to the value of these various amputations, I resolved to secure the opinion of the most practical and to compare notes.
I addressed circular letters to 100 surgeons and 35 limb makers, receiving reply from 96 surgeons and all of the latter.
CLAPP CB. AMPUTATIONS BELOW THE KNEE.. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(6):401–402. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510330007001b