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April 9, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(15):1195. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680410071025

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Fractures of the Leg  In the daily press, recently, the statistics of invalidity claims allowed persons suffering accidents in mines were compared with the figures for accidents befalling the general public. Miners have an insurance organization that is distinctly their own and also an independent hospitalization service. A journal contained the statement over the signature of a physician that only 2 per cent of invalidity was granted miners who had suffered leg fractures in the mines, whereas 30 per cent of invalidity was allowed in general cases of leg fracture occurring throughout the country. The enormous difference tended to incriminate the members of the medical profession who had given the treatment in the majority of the fracture cases. Dr. Brocx, one of the physicians at the head of the Rijksverzekeringsbank, the central insurance organization for occupational accidents, examined all the cases that were presented over the period from 1916 to

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