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Amputation: A Necessary Skill


“[…] how lucky I was to get into the hands of such a surgeon.”

-Letter from patient, E. Stancock, September 13, 1917.


Bruce developed a reputation for being very skilled at amputations.  His records include articles and military resources on the subject, and the letters he received from soldiers often mention that their doctors back home were impressed with the quality of Bruce’s work.

Robertson and other medical personal operating, ca. 1917
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Colonel George Gask and other medical personnel operating, [ca. 1917]
L. Bruce Robertson fonds, F 1374, Archives of Ontario, I0050276


Patient ward at a military hospital, ca. 1916
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Patient ward at a military hospital, [ca. 1916]
L. Bruce Robertson fonds, F 1374, Archives of Ontario, I0050298


Letter: E. J. Taylor – December 13, 1917

I had a blood transfusion in the morning and had my left leg amputated in the afternoon.
- E. J. Taylor – December 13, 1917

Letter from E. J. Taylor to L Bruce Robertson, Dec. 13, 1917
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Letter from E. J. Taylor to L Bruce Robertson, December 13, 1917
L. Bruce Robertson fonds, F 1374, Archives of Ontario


Letter: E. Stancock – September 13, 1917

Forgive me for mentioning but every doctor who has seen me impresses on me how lucky I was to get into the hands of such a surgeon – but I knew it before. It seems rather futile to try to thank you.
-E. Stancock – September 13, 1917


Letter from E. Stancock to L Bruce Robertson, Sept. 13, 1917
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Letter from E. Stancock to L Bruce Robertson, September 13, 1917
L. Bruce Robertson fonds, F 1374, Archives of Ontario


Memorandum on Amputations and Amputation Stumps (Cover, pages 7 and 8), March 1916
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Memorandum on Amputations and Amputation Stumps (Cover, pages 7 and 8), March 1916
L. Bruce Robertson fonds, F 1374, Archives of Ontario, I0071975, I0071982, I0071983

Unidentified group including a nurse and soldier in uniform, ca. 1914-1918
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Unidentified group including a nurse and soldier in uniform, [ca. 1914-1918]
Sadie Arbuckle fonds, F 848, Archives of Ontario, I0050250

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