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September 2, 1893

Agnew's or Quimby's Operation?

JAMA. 1893;XXI(10):354. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420620030016

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Denver Col., August 25, 1893.

To the Editor:  —In the last issue of the Journal I notice that in reporting the discussion upon Dr. Manley's paper on "Tarsal Amputations," Dr. Quimby is quoted as describing a modification of Pirogoff's amputation, and that other participants in the discussion are then quoted as calling this modified Pirogoff's procedure, "Quimby's operation." While it may be that the operation was original with Dr. Quimby, it was not necessarily originated by him, as it is described with brevity and clearness by Agnew in the second volume of his "Surgery." page 361, in the following words:"Instead of sawing off the malleoli and the articular surface of the tibia, I allowed them to remain, and placed the calcaneum in the mortise between the two; the union was complete and was followed by a remarkably useful stump. In other instances I have done this and with satisfactory

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