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November 22, 1919

AMPUTATION STUMPS IN RELATION TO THE FITTING OF ARTIFICIAL LIMBS

JAMA. 1919;73(21):1590-1594. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610470026009
Abstract

One of the most useful by-products (if we may use the term) of the unhappy war just closing would be the proper recording and preservation of all experiences—especially in surgery—that may be of future value to humanity. The object of this paper is to open for discussion some of the observations made during the present war. There is very little published information on the subject of amputation. Volumes have been written on surgery with only a casual reference to this most important branch of orthopedic surgery.

It is recognized that in the field many amputations must be primarily life saving operations; but the dominating idea in the performance of every amputation, next to that of saving life, must be the suitability of the resulting stump for the fitting of an artificial limb. The site and often the method of a primary amputation are mainly determined by the injury, the amount

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