April 18, 1896

Bony Union in Fractures of Neck of Femur-A Question of Priority.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(16):789. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430680041014

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Minneapolis, Minn., April 11, 1896.

To the Editor:  —In Dr. Hamilton's Columbus address published in the Journal of April 4, Dr. Mussey is stated to have been the first to demonstate the possibility of bone union after inter-capsular fracture of the hip joint. I have for many years understood that this honor belonged to my dear old friend, Dr. Phineas Spalding of Haverhill, New Hampshire, who is now past 97 years of age, and whom I had the pleasure of visiting a month ago. While I was living at Haverhill fifteen years ago, Dr. S. related to me the circumstances of this first case, and as I find an account of it in the "The Spalding Memorial and Personal Reminiscences," which may interest the Journal readers, I venture to transcribe and enclose it.Very Respectfully, Edward J. Brown M.D."During the sixteen years I remained at Lyndon (Vermont) I had

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