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October 10, 1942


Author Affiliations

Asia. Lieutenant Colonel, M. C., U. S. Army.

JAMA. 1942;120(6):472. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830410060023

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To the Editor:—  In the June 27 issue of The Journal a communication was published from Dr. D. H. O'Donoghue commenting on my article entitled "Nonsplinting Treatment of Fractures of the Elbow Joint," which appeared in the issue of March 21.The obvious misconception as indicated by the two chief objections to this method of treatment should be clarified. The objections are essentially that the method oversimplifies the treatment of fractures of the elbow and that anatomic reposition should be obtained.The nonsplinting treatment of fractures of the elbow is by no means an oversimplification of treatment. On the contrary, the method involves greater skill, care and time than the usual splinting method. As to the anatomic reposition, it was indicated that in these fractures the fragments are difficult and frequently impossible to realine and that it is even more difficult to hold them in realinement. Fractures with fragments of

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