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Owing to the difficulty of obtaining the results without deformity and the great suffering and long confinement of patients suffering from fractures of the femur, this condition has interested the profession from time immemorial.
The different methods, devices and apparatus devised for the treatment of these fractures are too numerous to mention, and I have not added another wholly new one to this list, but have tried to get the best points of each and to combine them into one which will meet every indication of any fracture of the femur, whether of the neck, upper, middle or lower third, and one open to the fewest rational objections. It is conceded that no straight splint can be employed successfully in fractures of the upper and lower end of the femur. If this be true, then the straight plaster cast, Buck's extension and the long-side splint of Hamilton must be laid
DOWNEY JH. THE TREATMENT OF FRACTURES OF THE FEMUR: WITH A DOUBLE ANGULAR PLASTER-OF-PARIS SPLINT AND ITS APPLICATION BY A SECTIONAL METHOD. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(8):581–582. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210080033003
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