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November 8, 1941

FRACTURES OF THE SPINE: A STUDY OF TWO HUNDRED CASES

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Neurological Department (Cornell), Bellevue Hospital.

JAMA. 1941;117(19):1585-1591. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820450009003
Abstract

There is considerable difference of opinion regarding the treatment of fractures of the spine—especially cases showing complicating neurologic signs. In view of this we undertook the present analysis of 200 consecutive cases of fracture of the spine admitted to Bellevue Hospital during the years 1930-1934. This material is presented in order to help formulate a rational routine treatment of fractures of the spine. Among many contributions we refer especially to the work of Frazier,1 Jefferson,2 Grant,3 Head, Riddoch,4 Walsh, Taylor,5 Elsberg,6 Stookey,7 Naffziger,8 Coleman,9 Pollock,10 Scarff,11 Crutchfield12 and others who have often stressed the wisdom of conservatism in the management of injuries to the spine.

All our patients had definite evidence of a fracture of the spine as established by positive roentgen evidence, postmortem evidence or gross and severe deformity of the spine with associated neurologic signs.

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