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June 29, 1935


JAMA. 1935;104(26):2324-2326. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760260012004

The extraordinary increase in bodily injuries within the past few years warrants frequent reviews of the knowledge of trauma therapy, to bring about a more accurate evaluation of all available information and its wider dissemination. Fractures about joints occupy an exceptionally important place in such a review. Because of the prehensile functions of the hand, fractures about the wrist have rightfully attracted a great deal of attention, thought and therapeutic endeavor. The importance of the typical Colles-Pouteau or Dupuytren fracture has been stressed by numerous authors recently, as well as in former years, but very little can be found in medical writings about the reverse Colles fracture or the so-called Smith fracture. It is true that this type of fracture, the characteristics of which will be elucidated later, is not frequently encountered. Nevertheless the surgeon should be familiar with the nature of this lesion, as it must be reckoned with

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