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The literature abounds with descriptions of all types of apparatus which have been of benefit in specific cases of fracture or severe injury of the hand and fingers. There is, however, no uniformly recognized method of making these appliances practical for all kinds of injuries to the hand and fingers. Moreover, I know of no appliance that can be said to be universally easy to procure when needed nor any that is as simple and safe to use as the one which is herein described.
The best therapy is often the most simple to prescribe and carry out for the really complicated compound hand injuries mentioned. The various principles of treatment of compound fractures of the hand and fingers need only to be mentioned in order to demonstrate the simplicity and ease of quick construction of my appliance.
The types of case in which the method applies are varied. It
FOSTER AK. SIMPLE STANDARD APPARATUS FOR TREATMENT OF COMPOUND FRACTURES OF THE HAND, FINGERS AND WRISTREPORT OF A CASE AND EVALUATION OF THE END RESULT. Arch Surg. 1939;39(2):214-230. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1939.01200140046005