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January 12, 1918

FRACTURE OF THE NECK OF THE FEMUR IN A CHILD

JAMA. 1918;70(2):84. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26010020002010c

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Abstract

On account of the rarity of fracture of the neck, of the femur in children, this case is reported.

Oct. 5, 1917, a well developed boy, aged 9 years, was admitted to my service in the Cook County Hospital with the complaint of "interference with gait following trauma of the left hip." Two months before, he had fallen from a roof a distance of 15 feet, striking on his left side. After three weeks in bed he was allowed to walk.

There was no pain after his period in bed, but he walked with an obvious limp. This was his condition when he came to the hospital.

The examination disclosed about one-half inch of shortening and a relatively high trochanter with almost normal movement of the joint. The roentgen ray cleared up the diagnosis. A plaster-of-Paris spica was applied, and recumbency advised, as the character of the union was in

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