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September 19, 1936

Treatment of Fractures in General Practice

JAMA. 1936;107(12):993. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770380075036

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These two pocket-size books contain a large amount of material that has been crystallized for the general practitioner. An attempt has been made to give the practical outline of fracture treatment in the confines of 180 pages. The author has included his own experience and the accepted practices on the continent, including the teaching of Böhler of Vienna. In volume I the general principles of fracture treatment are outlined and the treatment of fractures of the upper extremities and shoulder girdle is given. The author believes that the periosteum is a fibrous limiting membrane, carrying nourishment to the surface layers of bone, and, during the growth period, firmly adherent to the superficial osteoblasts. He does not believe that periosteum itself is osteogenic. Volume II includes fractures of the lower extremities and pelvis. An illustration of the Watson Jones modification of the Smith-Petersen pin does not rightly belong in a book

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