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In the clinical work at the surgical dispensary of the University of California the Sayre adhesive plaster dressing has been used for some time as a routine treatment for fractures of the clavicle. In many cases the results attained were good, but the method of treatment failed in a number of instances. It was not until several of these failures followed closely on one another that the necessity for a better method of treatment became imperative. The mostpronounced failures were in those rare cases of fractured clavicle which presented great overlapping of the fragments and in which it was impossible to maintain reduction by the ordinary methods.
A glance over the literature was not reassuring. More methods of treatment have probably been suggested for this fracture than for any other. Pilcher sums up the matter by saying: "The fact remains that those methods which are efficient are intolerable and those
RUSS R. A RETENTIVE APPARATUS FOR FRACTURES OF THE CLAVICLE. JAMA. 1905;XLV(15):1086–1087. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510150050004b
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