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May 6, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(18):1449-1450. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740180071025

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, Dec. 24, 1932, page 2181, is presented "a new method" for reduction of dislocated shoulder, consisting essentially of lateral traction by means of a bandage passed over the left shoulder and under the right arm of the operator and then across the flexor aspect of the semiflexed elbow of the patient; the operator's palms rest against the patient's anterior and posterior axillary folds, his thumbs serving to push the head of the humerus into its socket. Success is reported in one case in which roentgen observations are not mentioned. It is stated that "a search of the literature has failed to reveal any similar method." Among others, the methods described by H. A. Lawton (Dislocation of Shoulder Joint, Lancet1:525, 1881) and Hans Spitzy (Einfaches Einrenkungsverfahren bei Schulterluxationen, Zentralbl. f. Chir.43:934, 1916) might be considered "similar."Recently, in a fairly complete

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