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June 5, 1948

Handbook on Fractures

JAMA. 1948;137(6):568. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890400072031

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This small book covers in a succinct and brief way the general management of fractures. In spite of its brevity it includes a good many detailed descriptions that are important if one wishes to treat fractures satisfactorily. The descriptions are short and to the point. If there is criticism to be made, it might be that too much emphasis is laid on roentgenologic examination and not enough on tenderness. There are a great many fractures without displacement which are not revealed on early roentgenologic examination. In fractures of the femur there is one point that might well have been emphasized; that is, the preservation of the crown of the femur. Most of the illustrations are good, but some of the roentgenograms seem a bit foggy. There is one point of view which some authorities might disagree on; a fracture of the cuboid bone does not need a plaster cast. A

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