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May 4, 1912


JAMA. 1912;LVIII(18):1325-1331. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260050001001

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It is unnecessary to call attention to the great frequency of fractures. As all are aware, they form in nearly all communities a large and important part of the work of everyone doing general practice. There is no class of cases, the management of which is so fraught with danger to both the reputation and the purse of the physician as is that of fractures. The subject, therefore, is one worthy of our most careful consideration, not only for the good of the patient, but for our own welfare as well. Another reason that the subject will bear reviewing at this time is because the people are becoming familiar with the appearances of fractures as shown by the x-ray, and are demanding better anatomic results in their treatment. People with fractures are no longer satisfied with a result which simply permits them to get out and around with from

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