Excerpt from The New-York Journal of Medicine, 1853, Vol. 10
The earliest Operation in this country was performed in the year 1781, by Dr. John Warren Of Boston, at the Military Hospital. His case was successful, but we have no details Of the operation or the disease for which it was undertaken. In the following year Dr. Bayley, Of this city, amputated at the Shoulder-joint successfully. This has been claimed as the first Operation in this country, but it was anticipated upwards Of a year by the preceding case. Dr. Williams in his Address be fore the Franklin Medical Society, * remarks that he has been told that the late Dr. Josiah Goodhue, Of Hadley, Mass, was the first American Surgeon who successfully performed this Operation. NO dates are given in proof Of this assertion, and as Dr. 'goodhue had but just attained his majority at the period Of Dr. Warren's Operation, we must consider it quite improbable that he attempted SO important an exercise of an art, in which he afterwards, however, SO eminently ex celled.
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