Pioneer Surgery in Kentucky

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BY DAVID W. YANDELL, M. D.,PROFESSOR OF CLINICAL SURGERY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE, KY; PRESIDENT OFTHE AMERICAN SURGICAL ASSOCIATION.THE PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS:DELIVERED AT THEREGULAR ANNUAL MEETING OF THEAmerican Surgical AssociationWashington, D.C., May 13, 1890.Excerpt:1806. The earliest original surgical work of any magnitude done in Kentucky, by one of her own sons, was an amputation at the hip-joint. It proved to be the first operation of the kind in the United States. The undertaking was made necessary because of extensive fracture of the thigh with great laceration of the soft parts. The subject was a mulatto boy, seventeen years of age, a slave of the monks of St. Joseph's College. The time was August, 1806; the place, Bardstown; the surgeon, Dr. Walter Brashear; the assistants, Dr. Burr Harrison and Dr. John Goodtell; the result, a complete success. The operator divided his work into two stages. The first consisted in amputating the thigh through its middle third in the usual way, and in tying all bleeding vessels. The second consisted of a long incision on the outside of the limb, exposing the remainder of the bone, which, being freed from its muscular attachments, was then disarticulated at its socket. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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