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The German Orthopedic Congress
The Deutscher Orthopädenkongress, this year, considered injuries due to accidents. The unusually large attendance was doubtless due to the practical character of the program. Kreuz of Berlin discussed the anatomy and the pathology of fracture of the neck of the femur and recommended for the treatment of a recent fracture the Whitman plaster cast and removal of weight for a long period, with application of a splint. Most of the speakers agreed with this conception. The extension apparatus must go. Böhler of Vienna had successfully applied the Smith-Peterson nail extension and emphasized that thereby the length of treatment was much shortened. Zur Verth of Hamburg, who gave statistics in 400 cases, said that 30 per cent of the diagnoses of a recent fracture of the neck of the femur were unwarranted. Pseudarthrosis of the neck of the femur is sometimes treated with a tibial graft, after
BERLIN. JAMA. 1932;99(26):2195-2196. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740780047021