A visit to Mr. Lane's clinic at Guy's Hospital inspired an inquiry into the practical utility of the traction appliance, one of the most ingenious mechanical procedures which has ever been adapted to surgical therapeutics. In pursuit thereof, thirty-four screws, about half of them infected, were driven into the long pipe bones of dogs, and withdrawn at intervals, varying from one hour to seventy-one days, to determine the force needed to dislodge them, it being presumed that our surgical interest in most fractures does or should cease in ten weeks if all goes well.
In addition fifty-two patients were operated on, at periods ranging from a few hours to eight months after the injury. A Critical study of the results is undertaken after a lapse of from five weeks to one year, respectively.
REPORT OF EXPERIMENTS
—Immediate withdrawal, small dog, March 18, 1911. No. 3 3/8-inch screws. This animal died
BARTLETT, HEWITT WR. EXPERIMENTAL AND CLINICAL WORK TO DETERMINE THE VALUE OF LANE'S BONE PLATING. JAMA. 1911;LVII(17):1347–1351. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260100173005
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