Compensation for industrial injury has become one of the major problems of our social organization, and the treatment of injuries under various forms of industrial insurance is probably the largest single field in the practice of medicine. Among the injuries sustained by workmen, those which involve the hands make up the largest group, and those involving the foot are a close second; the two combined probably comprise 50 per cent of the aggregate of industrial accidents. The manual laborer or machine operator whose hand is crippled is disabled until his injuries have healed and function has been restored. Injuries to the feet which interfere with weight bearing and locomotion are nearly as serious.
The evaluation of an industrial injury is largely influenced, perhaps too much so, by the presence or absence of bone lesions. Consequently, a knowledge of the anatomic variations in the bones and joints becomes a very essential
WATKINS WW. ANOMALOUS BONES OF THE WRIST AND FOOT IN RELATION TO INJURY. JAMA. 1937;108(4):270-274. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780040020005