My attention was first attracted to the Russell1 method of treating fractures of the femur in 1927, on reading an article by Ryan2 of Philadelphia. I herewith report the end-results in twenty-one cases in which this method of treatment was used at the Golden State Hospital, Los Angeles.
I have been impressed by the ease of application of this method and by the comfort it affords the patient. It facilitates the dressing of compound wounds and makes easy daily inspection and measurements. Early massage and other physical therapeutic measures may be given with excellent care of the soft structures and adjacent joints. The method may be used for practically all types of fractures of the femur. The end-results have been excellent, and a minimum of residual disabilities of the joint have occurred as compared with those following other methods.
The object of the Russell method depends on a
LUND HJ. FRACTURES OF THE FEMURTREATMENT BY THE RUSSELL METHOD OF TRACTION: REPORT OF TWENTY-ONE CASES. Arch Surg. 1931;23(6):889-917. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1931.01160120003001