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January 22, 1887

SHORTENING, BY OPERATION, THE BONES OF THE LIMBS IN THE TREATMENT OF INJURIES COMPLICATED WITH EXTENSIVE DESTRUCTION OF THE SOFT PARTS.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(4):90-91. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391290006002a

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Abstract

In the issue of The Journal of August 14, 1886, page 176, appears an abstract from the Gazette Médicale de Paris, under the above title. Dr. Martel, of St. Malo, saw a patient June 2, 1885, with severe compound fracture of the leg. Anteriorly was a large wound, whose extent was due to actual destruction rather than to retraction of the skin and subjacent tissues. On February 25, 1886, he made an oblique resection of both bones of the leg. On March 25 union had occurred; April 25 consolidation was complete. August 3 two ulcerated spots remained, which soon healed. The author is only cognizant of a single case like his own: that of Karl Loebker, who, in 1884, resected the radius and ulna in continuity. My own case was reported to the Central Ohio Medical Association on the first day of last April, the patient being presented at the

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