There is probably no class of surgical patients to whom the details of treatment have greater subsequent import than those requiring amputation of lower extremities, because the application of a satisfactory artificial leg depends directly on the character of the stump. As this can be so greatly influenced by the operative and the almost equally important after-treatment, it should be an obligation for every surgeon to be exactly informed of the best methods. F. T. Murphy,1 in a very thorough study of this subject, from the viewpoints of the patient, the prothesist and the surgeon, has, by demonstrating the fallacies of many accepted procedures, and clearly indicating the surest means to the best functional results, forcibly emphasized the essentials of treatment, which, if closely followed, will reduce to a minimum the distress of an enormous number of unfortunates
AMPUTATION STUMPS AND SATISFACTORY PROTHESIS.. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(10):680. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500100038010
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