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March 28, 1959


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JAMA. 1959;169(13):1510. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000300106023

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To the Editor:—  The report on suspension cast for acromioclavicular separations and clavicular fractures, published in The Journal (169:672-675 [Feb. 14] 1959) and presented at the A. M. A. meeting in San Francisco last June, leaves much to be desired. The paper gives the impression that many patients have been treated this way and that the results were good. However, what we saw when the paper was given was most inconclusive. It appeared that the acromioclavicular joints were still separated in the cases shown and that the suspension cast gave no better results than did a posterior figure-of-eight support in bilateral clavicular fractures. It is unfortunate that the discussion of this paper was not also presented in The Journal. In it these points were clearly brought out and doubt was cast on the value of this method of treatment. Many papers published in various journals lose their value when

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