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To the Editor:
—April 11, I published in The Journal a description of a device for making traction on fingers, the application of which was principally in fractures of the two bones of the forearm. The traction on the fingers was made by what are known in the notion trade as "finger traps," and the manner in which these were assembled for traction on the full hand was illustrated.It has recently been called to my attention that a similar device was described to be attached to the toes for suspension of the foot by Louis Sayre in his book on "Orthopedic Surgery and Diseases of the Joints," published by D. Appleton & Company in 1876, and an illustration quite similar to the one which I have shown attached to a patient's foot appears on page 182 as figure 125.Of course, this use of these so-called Indian puzzles was
Caldwell JA. DEVICE FOR MAKING TRACTION ON FINGERS. JAMA. 1931;97(3):198. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730030048029