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May 31, 1884

Fractures of the Neck of the Femur, With Special Reference to Bony Union After Intra-Capsular Fractures.

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By N. Senn, M.D., Milwaukee, Wis. Extracted from the Transactions of the American Surgical Association, Vol. I, 1883. Philadelphia: Collins, Printer, 705 Payne St. 1883.

JAMA. 1884;II(22):611-612. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390450023012

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This is a neatly printed monograph of 113 pages, on good paper, and illustrated by nineteen well executed cuts.

In addition to a full, if not exhaustive examination of what had been done and written concerning fractures of the neck of the femur, the author has added a valuable series of original experiments on animals, chiefly on cats and dogs. These experiments, to the number of thirty-two, were instituted for the purpose of obtaining answers to the following questions: 1. "What is the mode of repair after non-impacted intra-capsular fracture of the neck of the femur? 2. What becomes of a bone or metalic nail when driven into the neck of the femur and retained permanently? 3. What is the effect of such a nail upon the adjacent bone tissue? 4. Can we, in cases of intra-capsular fractures of the neck of the femur, by immediate or direct measures, as

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