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January 26, 1935

Technique du traitement des fractures

JAMA. 1935;104(4):342-343. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760040074033

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This is a translation of the fourth edition of Böhler's book, which originally appeared in German. The mechanics of fractures and the displacement of the fragments are illustrated in a way that even the beginner can understand. The author illustrates to a high degree the value of skeletal traction, in the popularization of which method he has occupied so important a place. He describes in detail the method of local anesthesia in the treatment of fractures and dislocations, a method that owes its popularity to his pioneer work. It is noteworthy that, in the treatment of fracture of the neck of the femur by the Whitman abduction method, the assistant is obtaining internal rotation of the leg by turning the foot and ankle. This is a mistake, because the internal rotation should be done above the knee in order to spare the delicate structures of the knee from the trauma

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