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January 20, 1940

Fractures and Dislocations in General Practice

JAMA. 1940;114(3):279. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810030079038

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The author has written this book for the general practitioner and the undergraduate medical student in order to give them a practical, easily read book. He purposely omits details of open operations on fractures and skeletal traction. He gives the methods which he considers best instead of giving many methods which might be confusing to the doctor. It is a guide to simple anatomic, physiologic and mechanical principles involved in the treatment of fractures and dislocations. The illustrations are well chosen. There are instructive chapters on plaster of paris, continuous traction, delayed union and nonunion, complications and other forms of treatment. The author includes an interesting illustration of Monteggia's dislocation of the head of the radius with fracture of the shaft of the ulna. The appendix contains four pages on some of the pioneers in the field such as Percival Pott, Abraham Colles, Robert William Smith, Hugh Owen Thomas and

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