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May 30, 1885

FALSE DOCTRINE IN THE TREATMENT OF FRACTURES.

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PROFESSOR OF ANATOMY AND SURGERY IN THE PHILADELPHIA POLYCLINIC.

JAMA. 1885;IV(22):589-591. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390970001001
Abstract

It is my desire to call attention to some points in connection with the treatment of fractures which I believe to be errors, but which I think are accepted as axiomatic truths by many members of the profession. That discussion may lead to an interchange of views and perhaps be effective in correcting these erroneous traditions, if they be erroneous, is my object in presenting this paper.

The idea is entertained by many that every fracture of the extremities should be treated by a special splint or apparatus. The simplicity with which fractures are treated by us in the Philadelphia hospitals has often caused surprise to those practitioners who come to us for postgraduate graduate instruction. Their previous teaching or reading has evidently created the mistaken impression that complicated special devices are essential for each locality of broken bone. The fact that treating a fracture is a simple mechanical problem

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