Arthur Thornton Legg

Arthur Thornton Legg (1874–1939)

Arthur Thornton Legg (1874 – 1939) was an American orthopedic surgeon.

Best known for his discovery of the hip condition known as Legg’s disease (LCPD)

The representative of the Harvard Infantile Paralysis Commission at the Children’s Hospital, Boston. He took charge of the infantile paralysis cases at the Lakeville State Sanatorium, Middleboro, Massachusetts, and was consultant to the State Department of Public Health


  • Born 1874
  • 1900 – Graduated, Harvard Medical School
  • 1902 – Commenced orthopedic training
  • 1903-1939 Children’s Hospital, Boston
  • 1908 – Member, American Orthopedic Association
  • Assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • 1933 – vice president of the American Orthopedic Association
  • Died 8 July 1939

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