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April 23, 1938


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Winfield, Kan.

JAMA. 1938;110(17):1341-1342. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.62790170001008

R. A. Griswold1 of Louisville used a skate type walking iron in the ambulatory treatment of fractures of the lower extremity in the fracture service at Louisville City Hospital in 1934 and 1935. It proved satisfactory but was discontinued because each iron had to be made to the individual pattern. This necessarily added to the expense. It was also difficult to have the irons properly made and applied when interns or residents were responsible for the task.

In October 1936 the principle of this skate type iron was used in treating a patient with a fracture dislocation of the left ankle and a fracture of the shaft of the right tibia. From the experience gained with this case a new iron has been developed.

The iron is made of spring steel 1 inch wide and one-eighth inch thick and extends down the back of the leg under the foot