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Experience in surgery of bones and joints, particularly in the management of both the open and closed method of reducing fractures, led me to work out a mechanical device that would simplify this procedure.
During the past year I presented my ideas on this subject to a hospital equipment manufacturer, and after submitting the drawings and a wooden model, the result of this effort was expressed in the fracture and orthopedic table herein described and illustrated.
War surgery has revealed lesions of so many parts of the anatomy that it was deemed advisable to construct an operating table that would permit of the maximum number of anatomic positions with the minimum degree of disturbance to the parts, in applying dressings and plaster-of-Paris casts, when the surgical procedure was completed.
The most difficult and distressing situation to be dealt with in bone and joint surgery comes in the treatment of these
McKENNA H. FRACTURE AND ORTHOPEDIC TABLE: ESPECIALLY DESIGNED TO AID IN THE TREATMENT OF FRACTURES, BY EITHER THE OPEN OR THE CLOSED METHOD. JAMA. 1919;72(12):861–862. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610120023011
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