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November 29, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(22):1696. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.26120480001015

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This case is reported, not because it is an exaggerated example of the type, but because the type is interesting and rather rare.

Charles W., aged 5, was seen at the South Baltimore General Hospital, Aug. 4, 1919. His mother stated that he had been playing on the floor when suddenly he complained of his leg and began to cry, refusing to put weight on the foot. He did not fall, and had not been engaged in any game or been doing anything that would have been likely to cause an injury. The leg was swollen and tender. There was a slight deformity just above the ankle. A roentgenogram revealed a fracture of the lower third of the tibia, and the upper part of the fibula. The child was a well nourished, fairly well developed boy with no signs of scurvy, rickets or any constitutional disease. However, it was noted

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