Lewis Atterbury Stimson

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Lewis Atterbury Stimson
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Lewis Atterbury Stimson (1844–1917) was an American surgeon who was the first to perform a public operation in the United States using Joseph Lister's antiseptic technique.[1] He made advances in techniques for abdominal surgery[2] and is attributed with developing the Stimson maneuver for reducing a dislocated shoulder or hip, which he described in the article, "An Easy Method of Reducing Dislocations of the Shoulder and Hip", published in New York Medical Record in 1900.[3]

He was the father of Henry Lewis Stimson, Secretary of State in Herbert Hoover's Administration as well as Secretary of War in the William Howard Taft Administration and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Administration. [4]


  1. ^ Peltier, L. F. (June 1988). "Five Cases of Dislocation of the Hip". Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research. 231: 3–6. ISSN 0009-921X. 
  2. ^ Rutkow, Ira M. (1992). The History of Surgery in the United States, 1775-1900: Periodicals and pamphlets. Norman Publishing. p. 126. ISBN 978-0-930405-48-9. 
  3. ^ Mattick, A.; J. P. Wyatt (2000). "From Hippocrates to the Eskimo - a history of techniques used to reduce anterior dislocation of the shoulder". Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. 45: 312–316. 
  4. ^ "Finding Aid to the Lewis Attebury Stimson, MD Papers" (PDF). Medical Center Archives of New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 

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