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October 4, 1884


JAMA. 1884;III(14):390-391. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390630026009

Cambridge, Mass., Sept. 25, 1884.

N. S. Davis, M.D., Editor:

Dear Doctor.  —In your last issue of the Journal, Sept. 20, 1884, on page 327, there is a report of a case (by Prof. Küster, Centralblatt für Chirurgie: Edinburgh Clinical Journal) of complete recovery after fracture of a cervical vertebra, contrary though, as the author remarks, to all previous experience. This report calls to mind a case of fracture of the axis which occurred in my practice several years ago. The following is taken from my notes: J. C. C., a man aged 61 years, fell from a pear tree eighteen feet, striking his head upon the ground and sustaining a fracture of the axis through or near the articulating process on the right side. The fracture was oblique and downwards, evidently involving the body of the axis which supports the odontoid process. The patient was seen at the time

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