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Article
September 1937

INTERNAL FIXATION OF FRACTURES OF THE NECK OF THE FEMUR

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, MINN.
From the Section on Orthopedic Surgery, the Mayo Clinic.

Arch Surg. 1937;35(3):419-430. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1937.01190150002001
Abstract

A fracture of the neck of the femur is a serious injury and to the aged person it is practically a death blow. Because of the teachings of two midwestern surgeons, Ruth and Maxwell, and as a result of the work of Royal Whitman, the medical profession a generation ago became aware that union could be obtained after this type of fracture in a fair proportion of cases if rational and efficient treatment was promptly instituted. Sufficient data have now been gathered to enable one to evaluate Royal Whitman's method,1 which is almost universally used in America. A commission appointed by the American Orthopaedic Association2 reported that bony union was secured by the Whitman method in about 50 per cent of the cases in which the patients were less than 60 years of age, but that in cases in which the patients were more than 60 there was

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