September 1957

Treatment of Fractures of the Hand

Author Affiliations

Department of Surgery, City of Detroit Receiving Hospital, and the Wayne State University College of Medicine Service, Grace Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1957;75(3):320-338. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1957.01280150010002

In any presentation of the treatment of fractures of the hand, originality cannot be claimed, since many excellent articles have appeared in the literature previously.1-4 However, the problem of education is always with us. This education applies not only to the residents on the staffs of the various hospitals but also to men who are not too familiar with the treatment of these fractures and to many others interested in the problem of trauma. The importance of the treatment of fractures of the hand need not be dwelt upon at this time except to emphasize the high morbidity associated with injuries of the hand. This fact alone necessitates continued research in this field. It has been stated repeatedly that the time lost from work in industry is greater for treatment of fractures of the hand than it is for treatment of fractures of the long bones. It is important

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