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November 26, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(22):704. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400210032011

Dear Sir:  —An editorial article in The Journal of last week, under the above title, recalls a device for maintaining apposition of fractured olecranon which I have found useful, and which may be thought worthy of adoption in the treatment of this fracture and that of the patella.The evidence of its utility rests upon only one case of each kind, but the first afforded a fairly crucial test, as the subject was a very muscular young man, and the wide separation of the olecranon from the shaft of the ulna—nearly an inch—showed that the periepiphyseal fibrous tissues had been wholly disrupted. The injury was dressed immediately after its occurrence in the following manner:A thick shellac-felt and splint was moulded to the anterior surface of the arm and forearm in extension, reaching from near the wrist to near the shoulder. Enough padding was employed to insure an unobstructed circulation

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