A large proportion of the injuries involving the upper extremities are fractures in and about the elbow joint. The results obtained in the treatment of these injuries have often been most unsatisfactory from the standpoints of both function and deformity, although
in our experience the fragments have never failed to unite. For this reason a study has been undertaken of 150 unselected consecutive cases treated from 1920 to 1925, to determine the results of a treatment instituted at the New York Post-Graduate Hospital, which will be described later, and to compare our end-results with those of other clinics. An attempt was made to follow up all cases after more than a year from the time of discharge, but only fifty-two patients responded to a request for their return.
The elbow joint is the most highly specialized joint in the body. "The combination of the movements of flexion and extension
RITTER HH, LASHER WW, WURTZEL GL, GOLDBLATT D. FRACTURES ABOUT THE ELBOW JOINT: REVIEW OF ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY CASES; END-RESULTS IN FIFTY-TWO CASES. JAMA. 1926;86(10):680–683. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670360020008
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