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Arthur Thornton Legg

Born 1874
Died 1939

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U.S. orthopaedic surgeon, 1874-1939.

Biography of Arthur Thornton Legg

Arthur Thornton Legg graduated from Harvard Medical School, Boston, in 1900. In 1910, when he described the disorder named after him, he was a junior assistant surgeon at the Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Legg was instructor in orthopaedic surgery at Harvard from 1917, and in 1931 he was promoted to assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery.

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