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December 18, 1909

A PLEA FOR THE MORE CAREFUL DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF FRACTURES OF THE EXTREMITIES

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NEW ORLEANS

JAMA. 1909;LIII(25):2073-2077. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550250001001g
Abstract

As in all other surgical conditions, great advancement has been made in the treatment of fractures. The suspension method of the lower extremities perfected by Hodgen and the ambulatory treatment suggested by Krause, Dollinger and others, have done much not only for the comfort of patients, but unquestionably have saved many an old sufferer from death by pneumonia. The introduction of anesthesia and the certainty of asepsis have reduced the mortality in compound fractures to practically nil. The advent of the x-ray has made a doubtful diagnosis a certainty and excellent results have been secured by this means in many apparently hopeless cases. It may, therefore, appear strange in the present-day advancement of surgical progress, when technic has reached almost a point of perfection, that one should be pleading for more thoroughness in so important a condition as the treatment of fractures. It is not that this branch of

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