December 4, 1926

Injuries of the Wrist: A Radiological Study.

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By Dr. Etienne Destot. Translated by F. R. B. Atkinson, M.D.C.M. Cloth. Price, $6. Pp. 176, with 87 illustrations. New York: Paul B. Hoeber, Inc., 1926.

JAMA. 1926;87(23):1937-1938. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680230061034

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With the exception of cases treated by surgeons particularly skilled in fractures, many wrist and carpal injuries are badly treated. The practitioner is especially familiar with Colles' fracture, and unfortunately treats carpal injuries in terms of Colles' fracture, sometimes with disastrous results on wrist function. Cases of overlooked scaphoid or semilunar fracture or dislocation are familiar to every surgeon. Abnormalities of the carpus, even with good roentgen-ray study, are difficult to diagnose. The location is anatomically complex, and minor displacements produce disproportionate disability. The subject matter on the carpus presented in the average textbook on fractures is usually limited to two or three pages and is entirely inadequate. This treatise, remarkable for the extent and detail to which experimental research and clinical study were carried, covers a period of twenty-one years and was terminated only by the author's death. An exceedingly interesting historical introduction is followed by a chapter on

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