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I want to talk about a treatment or practice which gives the patient entire relief at once from pain and puts him in good condition for work as soon as the fracture is solid. As soon as a patient breaks a bone I make massage from the lower part of the fractured limb to the upper part; we commence to do the massage very gently just on the skin, with anything, oil, or soap and water, salve or vaselin to allow the hand to rub without hurting. Ten or fifteen minutes afterward we do the massage on the muscles, always from the end of the member up, never making pressure; in ten or fifteen minutes after the pain is gone and we can reduce the fracture without chloroform or pain. As soon as the fracture is reduced we roll it in a simple flannel bandage, from the end of the
ORTEGA R. REMARKS ON THE TREATMENT OF FRACTURES. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(3):122–123. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440290028001o
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