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June 8, 1935

CENTRAL FRACTURES OF THE NECK OF THE FEMUR: AN ANALYSIS OF THE END RESULTS

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MEMPHIS, TENN.

JAMA. 1935;104(23):2059-2063. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760230007002

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Abstract

A great deal of confusion still exists in regard to the results obtained in the treatment of central fractures of the neck of the femur. This is unquestionably the result of a lack of uniformity in the methods of compiling the statistics and explains the otherwise impossible disparity in the published results, which vary from 20 to 90 per cent in which bony union is obtained. In other words, for figures to be of value one must know exactly how the cases were selected, under what circumstances they were treated and on what criteria the assumption of bony union was determined.

It is fairly well conceded that the reports of end results in central fractures of the femoral neck which are properly and accurately compiled average about from 55 to 60 per cent solid bony union.

My colleague Dr. Willis C. Campbell has recently compiled an analysis of all our

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