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W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library: Did You Know?

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 Warren, John Collins.  1778-1856.

A letter to the Hon. Isaac Parker, chief justice of the Supreme court of the state of Massachusetts, containing remarks on the dislocation of the hip joint, occasioned by the publication of a trial which took place at Machias, in the state of Maine, June 1824.  Cambridge, Printed by Hilliard and Metcalf, 1826.

This book, by one of the leading American surgeons of the period, lays out in great detail a case of dislocation of the hip initially operated on in Maine and, when that procedure failed to remedy a cure, re-operated on at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  This second attempt was also unsuccessful, and the patient, Charles Lowell, initiated a civil action in Maine against two local surgeons.  Lowell named Warren as one of the surgeons responsible for his disability – an uncorrected dislocation – and Warren replied in this book which provides a detailed description of the dislocation.  This is the first book on a case of medical malpractice published in the United States.

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