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October 14, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(16):1347-1348. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640160067027

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The Reimbursment of a Physician Mulcted in Damages for the Treatment of a Fractured Femur  In The Journal, Dec. 24, 1921, p. 2072, the case was reported of a country physician who had to pay damages and heavy costs to a woman whom he treated for fracture of the upper third of the femur by a Thomas splint and extension. Union took place with only one-half inch of shortening. He warned the patient against putting weight on the limb. On her return home the limb suddenly gave way. There was fracture of the neck of the femur, for which an operation was performed. An action for damages was brought, in which the physician's treatment was criticized. It was said that he should have used an anesthetic in setting the fracture, and also the roentgen rays. As a matter of fact, the roentgen-ray apparatus was out of order in the country

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