August 3, 1912


Author Affiliations

Junior Surgeon, Roosevelt Hospital NEW YORK

JAMA. 1912;LIX(5):350-354. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080032010

Three years ago, Mr. Lane told us that practically all fractures should be treated by the open method, and that if we did not accept this point of view the courts would drive us to it. At the same session I reported on 200 fractures treated at the Roosevelt Hospital by open operation, the majority of them being handled by the late Dr. Carlton P. Flint. The statement was then made that most fractures were best treated by the closed method, but that there were certain others in which much better results could be obtained by an open operation; and that in order to decide best in any special instance a vast amount of clinical data would be required. We are now in a better position to meet this problem, for the amount of operative fracture work that has been done in this country and abroad, during the last five

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