"The Salem leg, under the patronage of the United States government for the use of the army."

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Title

"The Salem leg, under the patronage of the United States government for the use of the army."

Subject

Artificial legs

Description

The injuries and amputations of Civil War soldiers fostered a booming industry in the manufacture and marketing of artificial limbs. The Salem Leg Company—Dr. Edward Brooks Peirson was the president of its board—achieved early prominence due to its recommendation by the government for the Army. Promotional literature from these companies included testimonials from wounded veterans. George T. Smith, a former soldier, wrote, "I work ten hours every day, and have to stand all of the time. Besides that, I walk to and from my meals three times a day, and that is about three miles. When you get any one to do as well on an artificial leg as that, let me know. As to dancing, I have tried to three times; but as my leg had not been to school, I could not do it very well, but expect to before winter is over...Had I friends in need of a limb, I would advise them to get a Salem Leg."

Abstract

A circular published by The Salem Leg company, advertising artificial legs.

Date Created

1866

Rights

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Is Part Of

Boston Medical Library Rare Books Collection (23.B.94. No. 3).

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Format

text

Extent

Frontispiece

Language

English

Type

text

Identifier

DigID0001679

Provenance

Deposited by the Boston Public Library with the Boston Medical Library, 1906.

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Citation

“"The Salem leg, under the patronage of the United States government for the use of the army.",” OnView, accessed February 25, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6113.

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