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Article
March 19, 1932

THE TREATMENT OF FRACTURES BY MEANS OF SKELETAL DEVICES: WITH FIXATION IN PLASTER-OF-PARIS CASTS

Author Affiliations

LINCOLN, NEB.

JAMA. 1932;98(12):947-951. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730380015005
Abstract

It may be said that the objective of fracture treatment was formerly to secure the patient's recovery with the injured part or parts in good contour and with the fracture fragments in as good position as appeared to be possible. At present, much more attention is being paid to restoration of function. And with the more general use of the x-rays during and after fracture treatment, it is becoming apparent that restoration of correct anatomic position of the injured parts goes hand in hand with the return of satisfactory function. Not only the medical profession but also the public is becoming aware that accuracy of reposition of fragments in fractures is essential to obtaining uniformly good functional results.

It is well known that, whatever occasional statistics may seem to indicate, satisfactory results as to anatomic reposition and physiologic efficiency are not being obtained regularly. The faults of fracture treatment lie

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