Has The Algorithm Been Lost In New Technology Buzz?

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Although the Department of Health and Human services had aimed to reduce amputation rates by 40 percent by 2000, the author notes the rate has increased from 50,000 to 86,000 per year.
By Leon Brill, DPM, CWS

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