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June 16, 1906


Author Affiliations

Instructor in Surgery in the University of California. SAN FRANCISCO.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(24):1824-1828. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510510016002

In the president's address before the Section on Surgery of the British Medical Association, 1885, Edward H. Bennett, professor of surgery in Trinity College, Dublin, drew attention to a fracture at the base of the first metacarpal bone, the first note on which he had published in 1881.1 In a series of museum specimens he had found six of these lesions; in all the injury was the same, an oblique fracture in which the palmar half or more of the surface articulating with the trapezium was detached, the shaft of the bone slipping upward past this detached fragment, thus simulating in the living a backward subluxation. Bennett described the injury as a "Stave of the Thumb," and this name is particularly appropriate.

My attention was first called to this fracture a little more than a year ago, and, from the paucity of literature at my command on the subject,

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