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The perception of American Civil War battlefield surgery often involves the image of a doctor giving a patient a shot of whiskey to drink and a bullet to bite before wildly hacking into the flesh and bone of a wounded young man who screams out in nightmarish pain.


Amputation rates among people with diabetes in the United States dropped for about 15 years, but recent reports issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight a disturbing trend: Amputation rates have been rising in people under 65 with diabetes since 2009.