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October 8, 1932


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JAMA. 1932;99(15):1222-1225. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740670010004

Wisely has it been said that the tyro in medicine treats the disease and not the patient, but that to cure patients one must treat the patient with the disease. So with the injured; too often the interest in the injury, the type of fracture, methods of reduction or maintenance of reduction are the absorbing problem, and the injured man and his reaction to his injury are neglected or forgotten. When satisfactory reduction of a fracture or successful treatment of an infection has been accomplished, there is a tendency to consider the case completed and to pass over lightly the routine for physical therapy and recovery of function or to relegate the care of the final stages to the junior members of the staff. But the responsibility as surgeon in charge not only holds for satisfactory and adequate primary treatment, but continues until the injured person has a maximum return