Washington, [DC]: GPO, 1867. First edition. Small folio. 87 pp. With nine lithographic full page plates in color. Cover title: "War Department, Surgeon General's Office, Washington, July 1, 1867. Circular No. 7." Original front printed wrapper (detached, ink stained), rear wrapper lacking. Inscribed on the front wrapper to "Dr. George H. Gay with the compliments of the Reporter." Some stains on title leaf. Item #65699
George Alexander Otis (1830-1881) was born in Boston and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1850. He served during the Civil War as a surgeon with the 27th Massachusetts Volunteers, appointed in 1861, and later in the war was appointed Surgeon, U.S. Volunteers. This report is Otis' summary of his findings from work in the field, examining "how far the experience acquired in the war of the rebellion has augmented our data for estimating the value of the operation of amputation at the hip-joint as a resource in military surgery...."