Journal : The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal ; vol. 101.
Boston : Houghton, Osgood and Company, 1879.
Description : [1 l.] pl., 217-222 p. ; ill.: 2 phot. figs. ; 24.5 cm.
Photographs : 2 heliotypes on printed leaf.
Subject : Long bones — Surgical instruments ; Osteoclasts.
Figure 1 is a photograph of an osteoclast that Dr. Cabot fabricated, a copy from memory of an instrument invented by Bologna surgeon Dr. Francesco Rizzoli (1809-80) and used for the treatment of bow leg, the first time the long bones were intentionally broken for a medical procedure. Cabot was on sabbatical in Vienna (1876) when he observed Rizzoli's procedure. His first try of the device was on the tibia of a four year old girl. She responded well to the surgery, but died three months later from a general miliary tuberculosis. Figure 2 represents the longitudinal division of the child's tibia.