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November 27, 1943

Manual of Fractures: Treatment by External Skeletal Fixation

JAMA. 1943;123(13):871. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840480071030

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The purpose of this book is to meet the current need for the treatment of fractures where routine methods are not practicable. It is a handbook for the surgeon interested in external fixation. The authors discuss the pros and cons involved in the use of plaster of paris, skeletal traction, balanced traction, internal fixation and external fixation. They prefer the Stader splint over others for external fixation. If the correct technic is employed with meticulous attention to detail they give assurance that the results will be gratifying. They describe the method they have used for two years. A chapter on a roentgenographic study of bone reaction and changes around pin holes and fracture sites is instructive, also a chapter on anesthesia in fracture treatment and another on shock in fractures. One of the most interesting sections is on "pin seepage," a subject that has caused much controversy. The authors have

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