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July 7, 1934


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JAMA. 1934;103(1):60. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750270062025

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To the Editor: —  In The Journal, May 19, page 1655, appears an article by Dr. Frederick B. Moorehead of Chicago on "A Better Method of Treating Fractures of the Jaws." The title implies that the author has something new to offer. The principle of the use of elastic traction in reducing fractures of the mandible has been employed for many years. Sauer wrote about this in Germany in 1889 and many others have done so since then.In our book on "Fractures of the Jaws" Dr. Robert H. Ivy and I devote several pages to the use of elastic traction and give at least six illustrations of its use in actual cases.I must take exception to two statements made by Dr. Moorehead. Early in his article he says "in fractures of the jaws with displacement, immediate complete reduction is rarely possible." That is perfectly true if one does

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