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February 6, 1960

Open Reduction of Common Fractures

JAMA. 1960;172(6):634. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020060124034

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This book, though small, is a gold mine of information. It has only three chapters: General Considerations, Fractures of the Upper Extremity, and Fractures of the Lower Extremity. In the last two chapters, every fracture which lends itself to open reduction and internal fixation is listed and the methods of performing the proper procedures are adequately described. In the first chapter many important points are brought up, such as the timing of the operation, technical principles of open reduction, special problems, and complications. Short, pithy paragraphs called "Pitfalls and Precautions" follow each section on a type of fracture.

This book deserves a place beside two other excellent small books: "The Closed Treatment of Common Fractures" by Charnley, and "Fractures in Children" by Blount. One might suggest that, as a minor criticism, in the case of subcapital fractures of the neck of the femur, the use of the Austin Moore pins

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