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May 1, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(18):825-827. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440180011002a

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The reasons for presenting a paper upon this particular subject are, that the writer has had a considerable experience and observation in this line of work. It is a subject which has received little attention during the period represented by the age of this society, the profession having been fully occupied, studying and discussing the newer problems in our science and art, which have brought with them pressing demands for solution. It is only necessary to turn our mental skiascope upon the history of the last decade, in order to fully perceive and appreciate its marvelous achievements in these newer fields.

The development of specialism in surgery, with its perfected technique, has made its influence felt all along the line even to the "saw bones." When low, it may be said that to amputate a limb in a modern manner, that is, ideally, without drainage, and securing primary union, requires

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