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February 20, 1926

RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY: A CASE OF CONGENITAL ABSENCE OF ARMS

JAMA. 1926;86(8):541-544. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670340019007

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Abstract

This case, in which I operated in 1920, was reported to the Chicago Surgical Society in 1921. I waited a few years to see the anatomic and functional results, before publishing the report. Recently the patient was shown again before the clinic of the Chicago Surgical Society held at St. Luke's Hospital, and some of those present urged that a report of the case should be published. The boy has received considerable mention in the lay press and also in Hygeia; therefore, no hesitancy is felt in using his name.

Henry Wiegman was born with the complete absence of both upper extremities (Fig. 1). In addition to this deformity, he had congenital clubfoot, extreme equino-varus. His feet were short and thick, with an absence of toes except for a short great toe on the left foot. On the right foot there was a long digit, which was a typical thumb

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