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February 13, 1909

Medical News

JAMA. 1909;LII(7):565-573. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540330047010

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Measles Epidemic.  —During January, 1,210 cases of measles were reported to the District board of health, and during the last week of the month a daily average of 42 new cases developed.

Transplantation of Knee Joint.  —The daily press of last week gave sensational accounts of the alleged transplantation of a leg by Dr. George Tully Vaughan. Dr. Vaughan reports that the case was not intended for publication, even in medical journals, until the results had been ascertained. The operation consisted of the exsection of a tuberculous knee joint from a man, including the lower end of the femur and upper end of tibia without the patella, replacing these structures with the corresponding length of knee-joint obtained from a recent corpse. The bones were united with iron wire and part of the periosteum and fascia were united with catgut sutures. The operation was done January 24, and

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