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September 11, 1937

END RESULTS IN FRACTURES OF THE SHAFT OF THE FEMUR

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PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1937;109(11):848-852. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780370014007
Abstract

This review deals with a consecutive series of seventy-four cases of fracture of the shaft of the femur, of which 81 per cent have been followed, so that the ultimate anatomic and functional results are known. It presents the results of treatment by numerous surgeons, since, in addition to two chiefs, fifteen assistant surgeons were concerned with the management of these patients. Moreover it is not a series selected to illustrate the results of any one method of treatment for, as will be shown, a variety of methods were employed. The cases were all fractures of the shaft proper; subtrochanteric and supracondylar fractures are not included, as they present distinct problems. Consideration is given only to cases admitted to the hospital within one week of the injury and to those in which the fracture occurred through normal bone. The report of six patients who died in the hospital from associated

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