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June 3, 1961

Dunlop's Traction

JAMA. 1961;176(9):824-825. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040220072025

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To the Editor:—  Congratulations on the modifications of The Journal since your editorship began. I have a minor complaint, however, concerning an article in The Journal, Feb. 18, 1961, p. 573, entitled "Supracondylar Fractures of the Humerus in Children," which concludes that a method of reduction called Dunlop's traction is the procedure of choice.This is, a very informative article and may do a great deal to improve the handling of a somewhat difficult and always potentially dangerous fracture. There are, in the article, some 21 references to Dunlop's traction, and in the references some 18 sources are quoted, but at no time do the authors bother to explain what Dunlop's traction is. I believe that the exact application of such traction is not common knowledge, the original article by Dunlop having appeared in Bone and Joint Surgery, January, 1939, p. 59.When such an otherwise excellent article is presented,

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