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The so-called aeroplane splint has been found of value in the treatment of certain fractures involving the humerus near the shoulder, such as unimpacted fracture of the anatomic and surgical neck of the humerus, fracture dislocation at the anatomic or surgical neck of the humerus, and fracture of the greater tuberosity of the humerus.
There are various models and variations of the aeroplane splint, but all of them, so far as we know, have the same, and a serious objectionable feature; that is, difficulty in adjusting, and a more marked difficulty in maintaining adjustment.
To overcome this objection on an otherwise excellent piece of useful apparatus, we developed the splint here described. It has been used in the successful treatment of several patients who had fractures that were susceptible of being held by it, but could not be maintained in proper reduction with other types of aeroplane splint with which
Fitchet SM, Thorndike A. IMPROVED AEROPLANE SPLINT FOR TREATMENT OF CERTAIN FRACTURES. JAMA. 1924;82(14):1120–1122. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.26520400002011a
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