For fifty years or more we find a sentiment pervading medical literature on the subject of fracture of the neck of the femur; that it is an irreparable injury; that a large percentage of these cases, being old, die of the trauma and shock following the accident, or the complications incident to it, viz. : Hypostatic congestion of the lungs from recumbent position or sepsis from bed sores; that the majority of those cases who live remain permanently disabled, getting about only on crutches or canes, on a badly deformed or functionally weak limb, the so-called "fibrous union." In support of this sentiment allow me to quote from the days of Sir Astley Cooper down to the latest literature obtainable, as taught in text-books on surgery, medical journal articles and medical schools.
THE OLD TREATMENT.
—In reference to the first-named author, that great surgeon
THOMSON CE. TREATMENT OF FRACTURE OF THE NECK OF THE FEMUR.. JAMA. 1903;XL(1):17-22. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490010017001c