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July 20, 1929

A FRAME FOR THE TREATMENT OF FRACTURES OF THE SHAFT OF THE FEMUR IN CHILDREN, BY VENTRAL SUSPENSION

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Pittsburgh

From the Allegheny General Hospital.

JAMA. 1929;93(3):195. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.27110030003012b

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Abstract

The frame shown in the accompanying illustrations was developed in Dr. David Silver's clinic at the Allegheny General Hospital, for the treatment of fractures of the upper and middle thirds of the shaft of the femur in children under 6 years of age.

This all metal frame was designed to get a more consistent ventral suspension of the affected limb and to avoid the rotation of the fractured femur on its axis. It is adjustable to the size of the patient and is free from pulleys or ropes. The frame is constructed from three-eighths inch gas pipe, drilled to one-half inch, and one-half inch bar. The horizontal bars and the perpendicular bar slip into the pipes and are made fast at desired dimensions by cotter pins, which pass through holes at measured spaces. All parts are coated with tin to avoid rust. Figures 1 and 2 illustrate the frame before

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