March 2, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(9):792-794. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220350050002

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The treatment of fractures of the hand and fingers, as a rule, has been considered of rather minor importance, because of the relatively more serious fractures which have to be dealt with. Yet to the patient with a broken hand there is little to interest him in fractures, except that which concerns the particular lesion from which he is suffering.

Attention to details in the treatment of these fractures can not be overestimated, and is just as essential to good results as in the case of more important breaks. The diagnosis is usually easy, but the difficulty arises when one comes to apply a firm and compact dressing. Simple as it may seem, this work is often accomplished in a slipshod manner because of its very simplicity. The usual splints of wood, cardboard, etc., are either too cumbersome or do not hold the parts as firmly as they should, and

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