The relation of the automobile accident and the fracture—whether it is a fracture of a vertebra or of any other bone in the body—involves not only possible permanent injury but life as well. The proper procedures in the early history of a fracture and the immediate recognition of all local and general pathologic change are important. It is the duty of the medical profession to make the public conscious of the thousands who today are permanently disabled by automobile accidents, many because of carelessness in first aid. The public must be taught the importance of first aid. Without a doubt certain lives ended in the past by motor vehicle accidents could have been saved and permanent disabilities prevented by proper first aid. Even though certain groups, one being the automobile manufacturers, have introduced many safety first methods and devices, thereby lowering the number of accidents, such accidents can never be
CONWELL HE. THE AUTOMOBILE AND THE FRACTURED SPINE: CLINICAL LECTURE AT ST. LOUIS SESSION. JAMA. 1939;113(6):490–493. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.72800310003009
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