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Book Reviews
September 1929

OSTEOMYELITIS AND COMPOUND FRACTURES.

Am J Dis Child. 1929;38(3):677-678. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1929.01930090229026

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Abstract

In this volume, the author lays the foundation for and describes his method of treatment of infected wounds, especially of bones and joints. The subject matter is well presented and illustrated.

He reviews the teachings of the old masters, such as Hilton, Thomas and Lister. Hilton recognized the importance of rest in treating infected wounds, while Thomas devised the methods and appliances to make this treatment possible. Lister recognized the importance of antiseptics in preventing infection rather than in treating infected wounds.

The author's experience in the late world war taught him that too much emphasis was placed on the treatment of the wound and too little on the position of the limb and the possibility of deformity and disability.

A review and discussion of the present methods of treatment of compound fractures and osteomyelitis show how unsatisfactory they are. His own method of treatment is based on wide open

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