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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.


    He described Calvé-Legg-Perthes disease in:
  • The cause of atrophy in joint disease.
    American Journal of Orthopedic Surgery, 1908-1909, 6: 84-90.
  • An obscure affection of the hip-joint.
    Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, 1910, 162: 202-204.

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