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June 12, 1943

Treatment of Fractures

JAMA. 1943;122(7):473. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840240063032

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Dr. Caldwell states in his preface that he is undertaking to present one or two procedures for each of the common types of fracture which have given good results in his own experience. He recognizes, as most of us do, that far too many and much too complicated technics and apparatus have been proposed. The average surgeon or general practitioner finds it difficult to make a selection from among them for the cases that fall into his hands. Dr. Caldwell's discussions of the different kinds of fractures and his descriptions of the treatment methods employed are generally clear and practical. The bibliographies show extensive reading and study but go much beyond the material presented.

Recommendations for the early operative treatment of simple fractures might lead, as they have in previous journal articles and textbooks, to operation too early and to procedures beyond the capacity of the average surgeon. Dr. Caldwell

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