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April 7, 1900

An Improved Lateral Traction Splint for Fracture of Femur in Children.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(14):892. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610140029025

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In the treatment of fracture of the femur in children, we are often confronted with the fact that there is a necessity of a change of scene for those little patients that will keep them more contented during their enforced confinement in bed, and also by the frequent changes prevent the liability, especially in hot weather, of pressure ulcerations, etc. The objection to the lateral splints that I have heretofore used is that the amount of traction in a given case was not known, so I have introduced between the traction screw—which is a long wooden screw from a joiner's "set-screw"—and the block of wood—to which is fastened the two adhesive strips which extend from the lateral sides of the leg—a small pair of spring balances. such as are found in nearly every household, for weighing packages, thereby having an indicator to measure the amount of force desired. The ease

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