The treatment of simple fractures by the open operative procedure has gained much in favor during the last few years. In spite of the fact that surgeons have occupied themselves much in the study of this branch of surgery, perfection has not been attained and the controversy still continues. Among practical surgeons of large experience direct fixation appliances in compound fractures, where the bones are exposed, when they cannot be kept in position by splints, have come into general use. There seems to be a general unanimity of opinion that such is the best practice. But when the matter of simple fractures is presented for consideration there is a lack of uniform opinion.
In this connection I shall draw from my own personal experience, gathered from a rather extensive service of accident surgery, extending over a period of upwards of twenty-five years. There will be no tabulation of cases and
JONAS AF. THE OPERATIVE TREATMENT OF SIMPLE FRACTURES. JAMA. 1910;55(21):1773–1777. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330210001001