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Fitzsimons Army Medical Center (FAMC) Institutional Memory Preservation Project

FAMC

Fitzsimons' institutional memory can be viewed as the collection of innovations, protocols and techniques — developed and adopted by the attending FAMC personnel — resulting from practical experience with a large number of amputee cases during the Vietnam War.

Introduction

Retrospective Letters of Clinical Practice

Recollections of the Radiographic Control of the Position of the Femur in Prosthetic Fitting of the AK Amputee
Fitzsimons Army Medical Center 1974 to 1983
PDF
Letter from William W. Eversmann, Jr. MD
Col. MC Assistant Chief and Chief, Orthopedic Service, FAMC 1974-1983
Date: 09/12/2007
PDF file (57 kB), posted on 01/27/2009
Font change of original signed letter with added hyperlinks.  Additional letters from former Fitzsimons' personnel can be viewed here.
Prosthetic Memories of Fitzsimons Army Medical Center PDF
Letter from Ivan Long, CP
Prosthetist, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, circa 1974
Date: 12/12/2008
PDF file with original digital text (99 kB), posted on 01/27/2009
Recollections of Fitzsimons Army Hospital and the Origin of the X-ray Checkout of the Above Knee Limb PDF
Letter from Gerald W. Mayfield, MD
Col. MC Teaching Staff, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, 1971-1974
Date: 12/31/2009
PDF file (37 kB) ), posted on 01/06/2010
Font change of original signed letter with added hyperlinks.  Additional letters from Dr. Mayfield can be viewed here.

Published Reference Articles

TECHNICAL NOTE: ALLOWING NORMAL ADDUCTION OF FEMUR IN ABOVE-KNEE AMPUTATIONS PDF
Ivan Long, C.P.: Orthotics and Prosthetics. Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 53-54, December 1975
PDF file with OCR (578 kB), posted on 02/09/2009
[Abstract]
A NEW LOOK TO AND THROUGH THE ABOVE-KNEE SOCKET PDF
Gerald W. Mayfield, MD, Jim Scanlon, PT, and Ivan Long, CP: Proceedings of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Orthopaedic Transactions 1:95, 1977.
PDF file with OCR (866 kB), posted on 02/09/2009
This is the published abstract of a paper given at the 1977 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).  The Final Program of the meeting, showing the date and time of Dr. Mayfield's paper presentation, can be viewed here.  The abstract shows a greater patient total than detailed in the AAOS Final Program.  The actual paper was never published and believed lost.  A twelve page (excluding cover) surviving copy has been located and can be viewed here in its original recovered format or below digitally re-typeset.  The recovered paper contains a nearly identical patient aggregate as detailed in the published abstract and contains the individual patient statistics of the study.

Recovered FAMC Documents

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Photograph Negative No. 76-706
Date: 01/01/1976 (ca.)
JPEG file (100 kB), posted on 07/03/2009
[Narrated slideshow]
A LOOK THROUGH THE ABOVE KNEE PROSTHESIS SWF
Date: 01/01/1976 (ca.)
Restoration: 07/17/2008
Slide presentation with audio, posted on 07/03/2009

This narrated slideshow is from a historic Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) constructed scientific exhibit detailing the Fitzsimons' X-ray checkout of the above knee limb.  The official monochrome AFIP exhibit photograph (Neg. no #76-706) is presented above.  This narrated slideshow was looped continuously on the central display screen of the exhibit.  The presentation was organized by Jim Scanlon, PT with staff support of Fitzsimons Army Medical Center.  The exhibit toured physical therapy meetings and the AOPA-Interbor International Congress and Assembly in 1976 and was then lost in the archives of the AFIP.  This slideshow has been carefully reconstructed from surviving 35mm slide duplicates.  The narration has been re-recorded using the recovered transcript (below) and the slides were arranged using Mr. Scanlon's contemporaneous handwritten notes.
TRANSCRIPT: A LOOK THROUGH THE ABOVE KNEE PROSTHESIS PDF
Date: 01/01/1976 (ca.)
Restoration: 01/24/2009
Previously unpublished PDF file with OCR (23 kB), posted on 07/03/2009

Digital re-typesetting of recovered transcript, completed on 1/24/09

Page 11

Page 12
[Research paper]
A NEW LOOK TO AND THROUGH THE ABOVE-KNEE SOCKET PDF
Gerald W. Mayfield, MD, Jim Scanlon, PT, and Ivan Long, CP
Date: 11/04/1976 (ca.)
Restoration: 09/06/2008
Previously unpublished PDF file with OCR (198 kB), posted on 06/22/2009

Digital re-typesetting of original paper.  The individual patient statistics of the study, which comprise 73 X-rays of 51 above knee amputees can be viewed on pages 11 and 12.  The recovered data is consistent with the statistics presented in the 1997 published abstract, with two additional "second fitting" X-ray measurements recorded.  This paper was written to support a 12-minute presentation given by Dr. Mayfield at the 1977 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).  This document has been digitally re-typeset, which means retyped with similar font, sentence length, and page layout with drawings carefully traced, scanned and sized appropriately.  Minor corrections, such as correct name spellings and proper credentials are carefully carried out in this process, all with the approval of the surviving author(s).  Care is taken to duplicate the original, whose image quality has suffered from multiple duplication.  For accuracy of archival preservation, the original source document (link above) is also provided.
X-Ray Evaluation of the Above Knee Socket; A Supplement to Standard Check-out Procedures PDF
Jim Scanlon, PT and Bob Doctor, PT
Date: 01/01/1977 (ca.)
Restoration: 01/20/09
Previously unpublished PDF file with OCR (734 kB), posted 06/22/2009

This document details the written procedures for the X-ray checkout instituted at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center.  It has been re-imaged with consultation and approval of Jim Scanlon, PT (surviving coauthor). Period figures and X-ray images have been added.  Text corrections, taken only from the original handwritten notations of the surviving draft copy, have been employed.

Letters from Former Fitzsimons' Personnel

Historic Correspondence
Modern Correspondence

Photographs, Films, and Support Documents

Photographs
Support Documents
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