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June 3, 1961

To The Editor

Author Affiliations

Chief, Orthopedic Services U.S. Air Force 814 Medical Group Strategic Air Command Westover AFB, Mass.

JAMA. 1961;176(9):825. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040220073026

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To the Editor:—  The omission of a discussion explaining how to apply Dunlop's traction was not accidental on our part but deliberate. Dr. Adams and I wished to emphasize only that the incidence and degree of cubitus varus changes and limitation of elbow motion are much reduced when Dunlop's skin traction is used for the treatment of severe supracondylar fractures of the humerus in children, in preference to manipulation, open reduction, and skeletal traction; also the dangers from swelling and threatened vascular embarrassment are blunted to a greater degree with this technique than with other methods. Our article was not written for the purpose of instructing in the method of application of Dunlop's traction, as we felt it would detract from the primary emphasis of our paper.Reference should be made to Blount's Fractures in Children (Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins Company, 1954, pp. 26-37) for a complete discussion with excellent

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