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December 3, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(23):1924-1926. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690230008003

Some of the advantages of the treatment of fractures by traction and suspension are that:

  1. A preliminary reduction is not necessary, reduction being accomplished by the treatment itself.

  2. No anesthetic is required because traction produces immobilization thus relieving pain, except in exceptional cases where very strong tractive effort is made. In these cases, the pain is not so severe but that it can be controlled by the administration of morphine.

  3. The limb is not surrounded by any retentive apparatus; consequently, it is open for inspection or massage, and for dressing of wounds if they are present.

  4. Traction combined with suspension, as a rule, permits motion in the neighboring articulations, so that these joints preserve their function; therefore the patient is able to use the limb normally as soon as consolidation is accomplished.

  5. Owing to the preservation of the circulation and nutrition of the limb, repair is hastened.

It has been

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