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September 7, 1901

On the Use of Massage and Early Passive Movements in Recent Fractures and other Common Surgical Injuries and the Treatment of Internal Derangement of the Knee-Joint. Three Clinical Lectures Delivered at St. George's Hospital.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(10):653. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470360045013

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Abstract

The author, in his note, explains that these three lectures have been already published in The Lancet, the only difference being "a few verbal alterations," and the addition of three illustrations. The author's strong plea for the use of massage and early passive movements in the treatment of recent fractures is very convincing, and the explanations very rational. One criticism, however, might be offered with regard to fractures of the neck of the femur. He does not insist, as some modern surgeons do, that union is nearly always possible, but dismisses the subject by simply advising the use of massage and passive movement without any attempt at fixation. In all other fractures he is very careful to maintain fixation at the region of fracture with the hand while making use of passive motion, or as he terms it, internal massage. His advocacy of the use of the above procedures in

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