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Which is the best or most successful procedure to adopt in treatment of fractured patella, is a question which has been frequently discussed, but which still remains unsettled. The reasons for this are not attributable to any fault on the part of surgeons, notwithstanding the proverbial difficulty about doctors agreeing, but they are inherent in the very nature of the clinical problem. This was recently very well illustrated in a discussion by the Section on Surgery of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. At the meeting held April 12, Dr. J. William White presented three cases in which brilliant results had followed Barker's operation. All of them were in adult males, engaged in mechanical pursuits, who had received simple transverse fractures of the patella. All were confined to bed only a few weeks, two had left the hospital and returned to work inside of two months and one in eleven
THE TREATMENT OF FRACTURED PATELLA. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(23):900–902. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430230034006
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