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December 12, 1925


Author Affiliations

Kingston, Pa. Roentgenologist, Nesbitt West Side Hospital

JAMA. 1925;85(24):1890. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.26710240002012a

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A simple appliance for effecting and maintaining retraction of the shoulders in fracture of the clavicle consists of a strip of 2½ inch cotton webbing, 58 inches long, and a wire square (as at A in the illustration). The child size is a strip 2 inches wide and approximately 40 inches long, with a correspondingly smaller square. The square is made from No. 10 rust-proof clothes-line wire and is bent in a vise into a rectangle form, 2½ inches by 3 inches for adult size, and 2 inches by 2½ inches for child size. The ends of the wire are welded or may be bent in link form to lock.

The method of accomplishing as much retraction of the shoulders as is necessary simply by making traction on the ends of the cotton webbing strip is indicated in A of the accompanying figure. B shows each end fastened by a

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