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July 1952

HINDQUARTER AMPUTATIONReport of Ten Cases

AMA Arch Surg. 1952;65(1):195-200. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1952.01260020207020
Abstract

I REPORTED 3 interpelvic abdominal amputations in 1942 and collected and tabulated all reported cases, which totaled 108. Only six surgeons in the United States had performed this colossal mutilation. Since that date there have been many reports of this major amputation, and now, 9 years later, 187 cases have been added; my 7 cases make the total 194, nearly double that of the previous 50 years.

During the past decade many American surgeons have reported a series of cases, but Coley and Higginbotham head the list with 14 cases. To Gordon Taylor, an English surgeon, belongs the honor of having performed 33 hindquarter amputations.

The operation in most cases is employed for removal of tumors of the pelvic bone, either primary or metastatic. As in most cases of cancer, only a radical procedure offers a chance of cure, and delay in diagnosis and partial excision remove the possibility of

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