August 20, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(8):235-236. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420080029002

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A prominent professor in a recent address, asserted positively, that mistakes by the modern physician were always personal reflections on his training and judgment. This recalls two remarkable cases never published, that are wide exceptions to this strange assertion.

Over thirty years ago a warm controversy was carried on by the leading surgeons of this country, on the question of union from fracture of the neck of the femur. Intra-capsular fracture was considered never to heal by bony growth. All the cases which seemed to prove the contrary were considered partially within and without the capsule. Specimens to prove either side of the question were sent for examination to all leading surgeons, and opinions were given freely. Exhaustive papers were read and debated in the societies. The leading surgeons who believed in bony union within the capsule procured a very remarkable specimen, at the London University Hospital, which was submitted

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