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July 3, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;109(1):57-62. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780270059018

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)June 5, 1937.

The British Medical Association and the Treatment of Fractures  The report of the Fracture Committee of the British Medical Association shows an enormous annual loss in industry due to accidents resulting in fractures and associated injuries of the limbs. The report recommended the extension of organized clinics for the treatment of fractures because of the much better results achieved in them. Whereas 276 cases treated by unorganized methods involved incapacity for a period of 13,206 weeks, this period could have been reduced to 4,440 weeks if the treatment had been given in organized clinics. Incapacity remained permanent in only 1 per cent of the cases treated in organized clinics, while 37 per cent of the patients otherwise treated remained incapacitated. The committee therefore proposed a scheme for a model fracture unit which would be in charge of a special surgeon and would

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