The rapid advances in operative surgery during the last twenty-five years have cast a glamour over the eyes of the younger generation of surgeons. They have been charmed, so to speak, by the dramatic chapters of abdominal surgery. They talk at great length about the technic of this or that operation (and technic is a constantly changing thing) but often manifest great ignorance on some of the fundamental and cardinal principles of the treatment of fractures; and as the great majority of fractures are still treated by the general surgeon or general practitioner, I wish to state as emphatically as I can that it is just as essential for them to be conversant with the proper treatment of these conditions as with other common surgical problems. By proper treatment I refer just as much to the ultimate complete functional return of the part as to the immediate anatomic reposition of
GILCREEST EL. FRACTURES OF THE ANKLE JOINT AND OF THE LOWER END OF THE TIBIA AND FIBULA. JAMA. 1927;88(4):223–226. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680300009003
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