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December 24, 1932


Author Affiliations

San Diego, Calif. Lieutenant (J. G.), Medical Corps, U. S. Navy

JAMA. 1932;99(26):2181-2182. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.27410780002009a

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A. N. P., a gunner's mate on the U. S. S. Hatfield, reported to the sick bay on the U. S. S. Whitney with a history of tripping over a hatch combing and falling on his outstretched right arm. He complained of severe pain about his right shoulder, accompanied by partial loss of motion and malfunction of the right arm. Examination of the shoulder showed deformity, limited motion, a definite subacromial hollow and an inability to place his right hand on his left breast with the elbow held against the body wall. These observations, coupled with the palpation of the head of the humerus in the subglenoid fossa, made for a diagnosis of dislocation of the head of the humerus.

The patient was given one-fourth grain (0.016 Gm.) of morphine sulphate and the dislocation was reduced by the following method:

Several thicknesses of 3 inch gauze roller bandage were passed

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