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February 7, 1925


JAMA. 1925;84(6):437. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.26620320001011

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The case here reported is one of fractured midthigh, in which it was necessary to cut down the period of hospitalization. The problem, therefore, was to find a suitable apparatus to maintain correction during the transportation of the patient to his home, a distance of 20 miles, and thereafter.

C. L., aged 56, was admitted to the Monmouth Memorial Hospital, Long Branch, July 5, 1924, as an emergency case, following an automobile accident.

Examination showed dislocation of the right elbow and fracture of the midshaft of the right femur. The elbow was reduced on admission, and the case referred for treatment of the fractured femur. A Balkan frame with traction and a Thomas splint was erected the following day to overcome the overriding of the fragments. July 16, the patient was placed on a Hawley table, and, under anesthesia, the fragments were placed end to end with the aid of

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