For the past two or three years an effort has been made to evolve a simple, practical method of treating this fracture, that may be relied on to give good results in the hands of the general practitioner. The subject has been so interwoven with all sorts of queer theories as to causation, symptoms and treatment, that the truth is hard to pick out. The great fault seems to be that those who have successfully treated the injury themselves have failed to emphasize the essential points of the treatment. The problem was to lay down an exact form of procedure that will enable one who seldom sees the fracture to recognize it without the aid of an x-ray apparatus when it appears, and to treat it successfully.
The conclusions set forth in this paper are based on experiments on the cadaver, and also on the study of about fifty cases,
ELY LW. COLLES' FRACTURE: WITH A NEW THEORY OF ITS MECHANISM. JAMA. 1908;L(26):2130–2133. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310520012001c
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