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December 18, 1897

THE APPLICATION OF THE AMBULANT METHOD IN FRACTURE OF THE LEG IN CHILDREN.

Author Affiliations

INSTRUCTOR IN ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY, NEW YORK POST-GRADUATE MEDICAL SCHOOL AND HOSPITAL; ASSISTANT SURGEON, ROOSEVELT HOSPITAL, OUT-PATIENT DEPARTMENT. NEW YORK, N. Y.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(25):1243-1245. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440510005001a

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Abstract

I wish to call attention to the possibility of applying the ambulant method to leg fractures in children, and to discuss the method used and results obtained in fractures occurring in children from the age when they first begin to walk up to the age of puperty, say 14 years. This was discussed, in a measure, by the writer at the New York Academy of Medicine, Jan. 11, 1897, and reported in the Medical News Feb. 13, 1897.

When we consider how trying a long confinement is to the young and growing child, how rapidly a general muscular atrophy develops, how easily the onset of anemia presents itself, how insidiously a latent cachexia may develop, the possibility of auto-infection occurring at the site of trauma, we realize to some extent the risks of keeping our fracture cases in bed. A method which admits of a child with a broken leg

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