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October 8, 1932

AN OUTLINE OF THE TREATMENT OF FRACTURES BY THE GENERAL SURGEON

Author Affiliations

CHATTANOOGA, TENN.

JAMA. 1932;99(15):1218-1222. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740670006003
Abstract

My observations are drawn principally from the clinical work with fractures done by my associates and me during the past twenty-four years while operating the Newell Clinic and Hospital in Chattanooga. Previous to the past twelve years x-ray pictures were not made throughout our cases of fracture, nor did we keep as accurate history and follow-up record of all cases during the first twelve years as we did during the last twelve of our fracture work, although we treated about the same number of fractures during each period. The clinical material represents about 10,000 cases of fracture in which treatment was given during the past twenty-four years, but my observations for this paper are based on 4,873 fractures treated during the past twelve years, ending Jan. 1, 1932. During this time it has been necessary to do only ninety-five open operations to get adequate apposition of the fractured ends; of

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