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May 28, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXX(22):1282-1287. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440740028002l

To discuss the treatment of oblique fractures and not consider "retentive apparatus" and mechanical means, such as are usually employed, necessarily limits what may be said, and I will premise my remarks with the statement that these thoughts may not always incline strictly to the narrow limits of my subject. Certain general principles applicable in the treatment of all forms of fractures are so well understood that it is not considered necessary to discuss them here at length, while certain other ideas not usually discussed at length in the text-books, may receive fuller consideration. Agnew, in his article on "Injuries and Diseases of the Osseous System," says concerning the treatment of fractures, "there is but one indication in the treatment of fractures, and that is to secure the union of the broken bone with the least possible deformity, and this single thought is to animate the surgeon during the entire