The subject of fractures of the jaws is one that has attracted the attention of medicine since the days of Hippocrates. It also is a subject that was of considerable interest to dentistry long before it became a profession. Indeed, many of the principles laid down by Hippocrates can be used today with a moderate degree of success. It was Hippocrates who first originated interdental ligation. It was also Hippocrates who condemned the use of bandages alone as a procedure in the treatment of fractures of the jaws.
In presenting the subject of fractures of the jaws at this time, we shall touch on only two or three vital phases of the subject. The first phase which we shall attempt to discuss will be the process of repair. We use the word "discuss" advisedly, because in our present state of knowledge of the subject, we can only discuss it. We
LYONS CJ. SOME VITAL PHASES OF FRACTURES OF THE JAWS. JAMA. 1918;71(3):164–167. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.02600290006003
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