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While advance in some quarters has been made of late in the treatment of transverse fractures of the patella, there has been but very little study of the pathology of these fractures, and consequently there is considerable diversity as to treatment; the greater number of surgeons, holding the current views as to the cause of non-osseous union, adhere to the older methods of treatment. In the Annals of Surgery, of March, 1887, Dr. William MacEwen, the well-known surgeon of Glasgow, contributes a valuable paper on " The Pathology of Transverse Fractures of the Patella and the Olecranon, showing the chief Cause of Non-osseous Union in these Fractures and how to avoid it," which may be considered as a continuation of or sequel to a paper published by him in the Lancet, of November 17, 1883.
In order to study these questions Dr. MacEwen examined ten fresh patellæ from as many different
THE PATHOLOGY AND TREATMENT OF TRANSVERSE FRACTURE OF THE PATELLA.. JAMA. 1887;VIII(13):347–348. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391380011004
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