January 1921


Arch Surg. 1921;2(1):45-91. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1921.01110040054004

SERIES OF FRACTURES OF THE FEMUR REPORTED IN RECENT AMERICAN LITERATURE  Nis reported 575 cases of simple fracture of the femur occurring in the Charity Hospital at New Orleans during ten and one-half years. Of these fractures, ninety-six, or 16.7 per cent., were of the neck of the femur. He found that fractures of the neck were rare in negroes—only fourteen of the ninety-six patients being of this race. There were fifty-six males and forty females. The age incidence in ninety-four cases of fracture of the neck of the femur in this series is recorded in Table 1.No two surgeons of the hospital agreed as to the method of treatment of these fractures. There was not one attempt at complete reduction and restoration of normal function. If patients survived and left the hospital, the usefulness and function of the leg was not investigated. Only two or three patients

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