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February 1939

AVULSION FRACTURE OF THE GREAT TROCHANTER

Author Affiliations

Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Joint Diseases NEW YORK
From the service of Dr. Harry Finkelstein at the Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Arch Surg. 1939;38(2):334-350. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1939.01200080146012
Abstract

Interest in the present study of isolated fracture of the great trochanter was stimulated by a necessity which recently arose for answering questions having medicolegal significance. The need for such a study was appreciated the more when it was realized that, instead of being casual and commonplace, this type of fracture is extremely interesting and unusual.1 In spite of carrying on a moderately active hospital and private practice involving the treatment of many industrial accidents, I have personally observed only 3 cases during more than fifteen years. A fairly careful search by the attending roentgenologist of the extensive dispensary and inpatient files of the roentgenologic department of the Hospital for Joint Diseases disclosed only 4 additional cases classified under the diagnosis of fracture of the great trochanter. Final recourse to a number of standard textbooks dealing with the subject of fractures2 was but slightly more gratifying, if at

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