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August 25, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(8):275-277. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400600023006

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Primary Amputation of the Leg Undressed for Eight Days.  —What a good constitution, country atmosphere, and " luck " can do in a case of severe injury is shown by the following case, recorded by Dr. T. J. Hutton, of Fergus Falls, Minn., in the Medical Record: A family had recently arrived from the mountains of Norway, where life is chiefly pastoral, and both broad acres and farm machinery are unknown. The sickle of a mower at work seemed co fascinate a member of this family, a boy aged 9. He followed it up and kept kicking at it with his feet —first one foot, then the other. Either failing to keep step, or because the unexpected must happen, the sickle amputated his left leg at about the union of the middle and lower third. It made a clean cut, leaving a long ovate stump. A bystander stated that upon receiving the

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