This apparatus occupies a space of 24 by 4 inches. It is convenient, therefore, for emergency fracture work at the front, or in hospitals in which a fracture table is not available. It is also applicable for the open reduction of fractures, for bone graft operations, and for plating, wiring or banding. It can be used for fractures of the shoulder, the shaft of the humerus, the elbow, the forearm, the wrist, the hip, the shaft of the femur, the knee, the tibia or fibula or both.
The control of the traction is simple; it need not be removed for open operation or for the application of the dressing, splints or plaster.
Traction is applied by means of two double or triple block pulleys; one pulley is hooked to the rod, and the other to the ankle for traction on the leg. Countertraction is applied at the hip by a
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