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March 21, 1885

MULTIPLE AMPUTATIONS.Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA. 1885;IV(12):333-334. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390870025010

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Abstract

Your numerous readers will doubtless be pleased to receive the closing record of a case of more than ordinary interest. In the last edition of " Gross' Surgery," under the caption of " Synchronous Amputations," a notice occurs of the remarkable case of David Hamer, of Schuylkill, Pa. The subject of this notice met with an accident in the year 1847. Immediately after the receipt of the injury, he was visited by several of the most prominent physicians in this section of the country, who at once decided upon the hopelessness of the case, and abandoned all interference.

The late Dr. J. G. Koehler, then a young man in the profession, assumed the responsibility of operating upon the case. The injured man was then seventeen years of age. The amputations were performed before reaction was established, without any anæsthesia (and without any antiseptic). The legs were removed near the knee-joint, and the

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