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January 31, 1931


Author Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Associate Attending Surgeon, Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York NEW YORK
From the Fracture Service of the Presbyterian Hospital, Department of Surgery.

JAMA. 1931;96(5):337-341. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720310027005

It is my purpose in this paper to call attention to the common faults in the care of the ordinary type of dislocation of the shoulder as observed in a fracture clinic, and the results as reflected in prolonged convalescence and even permanent disability.

Dislocation of the shoulder is a fairly frequent accident and too often is accorded attention only as a trivial affair. In these days of economic evaluation of injury, the care of these cases must be carried out with the idea of securing as complete a return to normal as possible in as short a time as possible, with strict guard against the possibility of late complications. The tendency to regard the lesion as a displacement of the head of the humerus from the glenoid, and therefore the treatment as essentially the replacement of the displaced head, militates against the proper care of the case. The proper

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