Excerpt from New-York Journal of Medicine and Surgery, Vol. 2: January-April, 1840
The operation was soon after repeated by other surgeons in different parts of Germany, in France, and in England. In the beginning of September, 1837, I performed the operation in new-york, and repeated it several times soon after; and in the number of the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, for May, 1838, I published a report of several successful cases. As no notice had appeared before that time, in any publication, of this operation having been performed in America, I was in duced to believe that I had been the first surgeon who had per formed it on this side of the Atlantic, and, indeed, for a short time I enjoyed the credit of it, until soon after, Dr. Dickson of N. C., and Dr. Smith of Baltimore, claimed the priority. As the medical periodicals of this country had given me the credit, Of its introduction here, Dr. Stromeyer was misled to believe it. And I herewith make to those gentlemen an apology for my friend, for saying in his work on club-foot, Dr. Detmold, late surgeon Of the royal Hanoverian army, commenced his practice in new-york, with a series of successful divisions of the tendo Achillis. The enterprising surgeons of America had until then not undertaken this Operation, although my essays in Rust's Journal had been translated in the American medical pe riodicals. But although I have thus no claim to the priority, Dr. Dickson having operated once in 1835, two years before me, and Dr. Smith in 1836, - yet, as neither of these gentlemen, nor any other surgeon in this country, had ieported any cases of the Operation before I began, and as since the publication of my re port, several hundred cases (of which number, however, I claim the greater part myself, ) have been operated upon in the different cities of the United States, I say, from these circumstances, I am inclined to believe that I have done something for the introduc tion and establishment of this operation in this part of the world.
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