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September 8, 1928


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JAMA. 1928;91(10):695-698. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700100007002

The presentation of the facts and statistics here given does not in any way attempt to change the technic of treating fractures. The success or failure to accomplish a good functional result in the treatment of fractures depends entirely on the individual's knowledge of the anatomy and mechanics of the part involved. The technic used by the operator is usually one modified by himself, but has as its fundamentals the physics of levers and the mechanics of joints. The primary intention, of course, is to return the broken part to its normal state, and in the wage earner in the shortest possible time. There are many factors which enter into the treatment of a fracture in industry:

  1. Length of disability.

  2. Financial loss to the employee.

  3. Financial and production loss to the employer.

  4. Sacrifices of the employee's family.

  5. Mental reaction and cooperation of the individual.

  6. Cooperation of the employer.

  7. End-results and

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