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Dr. Oscar H. Allis, in his paper before the Pennsylvania State Medical Society, June 4, 1891, said: "Don't amputate through the joint; go above or below it," Such a statement by a surgeon of such thoughtfulness and eminence must necessarily carry with it a vast majority of men who amputate, but who allow other men to do their thinking. No one, of course, would for a moment suspect Dr. Allis of making such a statement unless he believed it, and such a conclusion could only be the result of a thorough investigation of the prothegenetic as well as of the mechanical phases of the question.
After having made a study of the matter for the past number of years, I am compelled to make the statement that joint amputations afford the best stumps, and no surgeon is justified in going three inches above the ankle and knee, as the limb
McCURDY SL. AMPUTATIONS IN THE LIGHT OF MECHANICAL SCIENCE. Read in the Section of Surgery and Anatomy at the Forty-third annual meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich,, June, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(8):224–226. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420080018001f
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