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January 2, 1904

The First Hip-Joint Amputation in America.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(1):45. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490460049017

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Winfield, Ark., Dec. 18, 1903.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal, December 5, page 1379, in his address on "The Progress of American Medicine," etc., Dr. W. W. Grant of Denver, speaking of great surgical operations of the past, gives the late Dr. V. Matt the credit of the first "hip-joint amputation" in America, in 1824. This is not correct, as we find, on pages 4 and 5 of Dr. P. S. Townsend's preface to volume III of Velpeau's Operative Surgery, 1847, that he gives Dr. Walter Brasher of Bardstown, Ky., the credit of the first hip-joint amputation, which was performed in August, 1806. In 1891, this question was discussed by Dr. Will F. Arnold of the U. S. N. and myself, and our communications were published in the Medical Record. In one number of that journal I had a copy of Dr. Brasher's letter to Dr. Townsend published.Dr.

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