One of the most startling statements that I can remember during my undergraduate training concerned the regeneration of a complete new bone shaft in the young, following subperiosteal excision. As I remember it, the source of the experimental and practical work on which this statement was made was not given. Nevertheless, the fact that nature could replace such a complicated and necessary structure of such gross size seemed unbelievable. The fact, however, was accepted by me and, like many such, was not again thought of until September, 1928. At that time the first case herein reported was seen. Previous to this time, I had found it a frequent medical rumor that such regeneration could occur, but it was not until the literature was inspected following the completion of the first case that the sources of theory and practical application were discovered.
The work of three men, Oilier in 1857, Nichols
BOSWORTH M. SUBPERIOSTEAL RESECTION OF THE TIBIAL SHAFT IN OSTEOMYELITIS. JAMA. 1933;101(20):1542–1546. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740450016004
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