January 5, 1918

Fractures of the Lower Extremity or Base of the Radius.

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By Lewis Stephen Pilcher, A.M., M.D., LL.D., Consulting Surgeon, Bushwick Hospital. Cloth. Price, $2. Pp. 116, with 132 illustrations. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1917.

JAMA. 1918;70(1):51-52. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600010049029

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This is a well written, well illustrated little monograph based on a careful clinical and experimental study of the subject over a period of many years. Four points of special interest brought out by the author should be impressed on the minds of all who attempt to treat these fractures:

  1. Many injuries about the wrist, unattended by deformity, are really fractures that are frequently overlooked unless the injured part is carefully examined by the aid of the roentgen ray. If these cases are not recognized and properly treated, subsequent deformity may result.

  2. "In a considerable proportion of the cases of fracture of the base of the radius, in which appreciable displacement of the lower fragment has taken place, some actual permanent alteration of the form of the fragment has been produced, so that perfect restitution of the normal contour of the partis impossible by any treatment, and some permanent deformity

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