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September 12, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(11):297. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391100017003

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In September, 1882, M. Jules Guérin presented to the Académie de Médecine a short note on "Partial or Total Ablation of the Tarsal and Metatarsal Bones in the Treatment of Congenital Club-Foot,' and most surgeons will remember the fierce discussion to which it gave rise at the time; some claiming that the proposed operation offered only an infirmity for a deformity. Nevertheless, some of the Academicians upheld him in his claim that the operation might be very beneficial in the cases in which he thought it indicated.

M. Guérin again brought up the subject at the meeting of the Académie on August 18, calling attention to the fact that in those cases which, on account of great deformity, age, or complexity, resist the ordinary means of subcutaneous tenotomy, manipulations and apparatus, there is a fourth means which may entirely correct the trouble. This consists in subcutaneous section of the ligaments

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