Novelty, although attractive, ever engenders doubt, and oftentimes hasty rejection; and every innovation challenges closest scrutiny. When, however, practicable, safe and intelligent, as the exponent of full and sound principles and practice, it will, ultimately, be earnestly embraced and adopted. Especially may this be said of the phenomenal advancement in the record of medical science of the present day. Throughout all the "fearful and wonderful" mechanism of our creation, through all its ample endowments by Divine wisdom and infinite power, in variety, scope, application and execution, that member of our body, the hand, is preeminent. And yet no member of the human body is quite so obnoxious to violent injuries as the hand and forearm, and for obvious reasons. No bone of the human skeleton (except, perhaps, the clavicle), is so frequently the seat of fracture as the radius, and no fracture has, perhaps, received greater practical study than that
KEARNS WD. RETROFLEXED SPLINTS FOR FRACTURES OF THE FOREARM. Read before the Section on Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the Thirty-eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association held at Chicago, June, 1887. JAMA. 1887;IX(6):172–173. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400050012002a
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