Monday, May 02, 2005

War Amputees: Historic Stats

"It has been estimated that the number of amputations resulting from the First World War totaled 500,000 for all natinos engaged. Amputatinos among the armed forces of the United States were relatively small, however, numbering only about 4,000. During the Civil War there were well in excess of 30,000 amputations in the Union Army alone. Figures for the Second World War, released as of July 1, 1945, reveal that over 15,000 amputation cases have been treated in the various amputatino centers established by the Army and Navy of the United States, and no doubt there will be many more before the toll of the war is ended. Including all nations involved, the total number of amputations resulting from World War II will probably exceed a million."

Source: Thomas, Atha and Chester Haddan. Amputation Prosthesis. J. B. Lippincott Co. Philadelphia, PA. (1945).


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