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To the Editor:
—In No. 6, Vol. 16 of The Journal I find a communication from Dr. Murdock to the Allegheny County Medical Society giving the details of the reduction of the dislocation of the head of the right femur upon the dorsum of the ilium by extension and counter extension; which brings forcibly to my mind two principles laid down by two eminent men in regard to dislocations of long bones. One by the late lamented Prof. Moses Gunn, of Rush Medical College, Chicago, to-wit, always make extension in the line of deformity. The other, by the late lamented and eminent George Sutton, M.D., of Aurora, Ind., which is: In reduction of the head of the femur or humerus, use a fulcrum in the groin or axilla by which the long arm of the lever, the femur or humerus, as the case may be, can be used efficiently. In
James Lamb. Dislocation of Long Bones.. JAMA. 1891;XVI(9):322–323. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410610034018