The occurrence of four cases of the above injury in my own work within seven months suggested a study of the condition and will serve as the reason for choosing this subject. Even from so limited an experience one is prepared to say at the outset that fracture-dislocation at the shoulder happens more frequently than is usually supposed; that its recognition is not always an easy matter, and that its proper treatment is little understood. There are several causes for this state of affairs. Chief among these is the fact that text-books on surgery do not consider the matter in detail and teachers of surgery do not lay stress on it.
In a list of ten authors consulted, one does not mention the subject, seven deal with it in a short paragraph, while only two treat it with anything like adequate importance. Practitioners must, therefore, find difficulty and uncertainty in
ROYSTER HA. THE MANAGEMENT OF DISLOCATION AT THE SHOULDER JOINT COMPLICATED BY FRACTURE OF THE NECK OF THE HUMERUS.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(6):487–491. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320060037001h
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