Extracts from the Records of the Boston Society for Medical Improvement

1856 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
May 12th.-Chronic Ostitii. Dr. C. B. Fifield, of Weymouth, presented the tibia and lower half of the femur from a limb that he liad amputated, and read a detailed history of the case, of which the following is a brief summary : A hard-working man, aged 32, came under his rare last December. Twenty years previously he was attacked with fever alter bathing, and was left with two sores on his left leg, one of which, near the ankle, had ever since remained open. Last August several other sores
more » ... red, discharging pus, and occasionally bone ; the knee also being very painful. When seen in December, the leg was much bent and immovable! enormously enlarged, and having several openings discharging pus. The whole knee was converted into a vast abscess, very tender, and from which, as the patient said, he could discharge the pus through one of the openings below the joint. The thigh also was much swollen and oedemntOUS. General health very much reduced. The thigh was amputated by Mr. Luke's method, and ihe wound subsequently dressed after the method nf the same surgeon.
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