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October 5, 1929

The Treatment of Fractures.

JAMA. 1929;93(14):1089. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710140055038

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Based on ten thousand fractures seen in the last nineteen years, this small volume comes from Vienna as an English translation. The keynote of the book is practical instruction. The author says: "Theoretical knowledge alone is not of the greatest benefit to the patient if the practical experience is lacking. I have been repeatedly impressed by the fact that the treatment was suffering from the lack of the necessary materials or from this improper preparation." The two parts of the work arc, first, general remarks on the treatment of fractures and, second, descriptions of the treatment of the various bones. The second part is choppy and not well balanced from the standpoint of the bones discussed, but the illustrations are numerous and practical, and should be helpful to many surgeons. The author's main ideas of treatment may be grouped under the headings: no open operations on fresh fractures; use of

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