The purpose of this presentation is to review and evaluate the results obtained in treatment of fractures of the upper extremity and shaft of the humerus by the use of traction with the arm in abduction.1 Since that treatment has been applied as a matter of routine in the majority of cases, an excellent opportunity is afforded for defining the uses and limitations of the traction-abduction treatment for fractures of the arm. The series includes all the cases in which such fractures were treated in the Beekman Street Hospital, New York, by the various members of the staff from 1929 to 1934 inclusive.
There were 106 fractures of the upper extremity and shaft of the humerus: 17 fractures of the greater tuberosity, 46 fractures of the surgical neck and 43 fractures of the shaft. Fractures of the shaft included 11 fractures of the upper third, 23 fractures of the
HEYL JH. FRACTURES OF THE UPPER EXTREMITY AND THE SHAFT OF THE HUMERUS. Arch Surg. 1939;38(2):295-312. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1939.01200080107009