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March 1, 1958

The Closed Treatment of Common Fractures

JAMA. 1958;166(9):1106. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990090114029

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This well-written and adequately illustrated book shows thoroughness in both writing and investigation of the author. However, there are many sections of the book that express the author's opinion quite dogmatically. This book is timely, stressing the closed treatment of fractures in contrast to the definite tendency at present to do open reductions with the insertion of considerable "hardware." The author does agree that there are many instances in which open reduction is the method of choice. The chapter on plaster technique is well worth reading, although it, too, contains several controversial points. Most will agree, however, that a sufficiently slow-setting plaster should be employed to allow the surgeon sufficient time to mold the cast well and to obtain the three-point pressure immobilization that is so necessary for a good result. This book is recommended as a reference book for the younger orthopedist and is valuable for all to read

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