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February 22, 1902

FRACTURE OF THE METCARPAL BONES, AND OBLIQUE FRACTURE, SIMPLE OR COMPOUND, OF THE FOREARM.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(8):506-508. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480080016001c
Abstract

The functional results in the treatment of fractures are, in the main, so good that we can not hope for much better, without material improvement in the methods of treatment. The time has come when we must give more thought and consideration to anatomic results and appearances, regardless of the excellent results in useful limbs obtained by present methods. The x-ray has demonstrated this necessity, which overrides the argument of mere utility. Though the skiagraph may exaggerate and distort, yet, in honest and capable hands, it gives a fair illustration of the position of the fragments and with the aid of the fluoroscope, no serious mistake need be made. More accurate adjustment and coaptation of fragments is a manifest necessity, not only for the patient himself, but in a medicolegal sense to the surgeon. This is specially true in the treatment of oblique fractures of the long bones, and

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