The severe injuries of the jaw, incurred in the past war, necessitated some formulating and standardizing of treatment. The chronology is rather interesting because economic questions entered somewhat into the manner they were handled, especially in the beginning of the war, when men were scarce and it was necessary to get many back to the front in the shortest possible time.
My observations were made while serving with the British at various hospitals in London, and during a personal experience in the clinic of Messrs. Cole and Bubb, at King George Hospital.
At Croydon, one of the largest jaw hospitals in England, Mr. Colyer shortened the period of convalescence and got most marvelous results by approximating the broken fragments at the expense of occlusion, depending on extractions and artificial dentures to give what I saw to be nearly if not perfect functional results.
Summaries of the results of autogenous bone
TAINTER FJ. UNITED FRACTURES OF THE MANDIBLE TREATED BY BONE GRAFTPRELIMINARY REPORT. JAMA. 1919;73(17):1271–1273. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610430019007
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