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November 20, 1897

TREATMENT OF COLLES' FRACTURE.

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BOSTON, MASS. FELLOW OF THE MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOCIETY.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(21):1043-1045. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440470011002a

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Abstract

In 1814, Colles of Dublin published his observations on the fracture which today deservedly bears his name. Previous to that time this injury practically masqueraded under the description of backward dislocation of the wrist or forward dislocation of the lower end of the radius (!), for such dislocations were considered common by the masters from Hippocrates down. The nearness of the fracture to the wrist joint, the peculiarity of its anatomic surroundings, the absence of the characteristic sign of fracture unless specially sought for, and finally the teaching of the masters, all served to hinder the recognition of the actual occurrence in this injury, fracture. Therefore, to Colles will ever be due our appreciation and gratitude for the correct diagnosis of this injury, for correct treatment in surgery is dependent upon right diagnosis to even a greater degree than in medicine. In this paper the writer will quote the views of

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