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November 1922

FRACTURE OF THE TIBIAL SPINE: AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY

Arch Surg. 1922;5(3):561-577. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1922.01110150114006
Abstract

The present article is the result of experimental observations on fracture of the tibial spine. The work was done on cadavers. It consisted mainly of demonstrations before classes of students, during the regular courses on fractures and dislocations, and of experiments made at other times. Textbooks are particularly silent on fractures of the tibial spine when they are not a complication of a more serious injury to the knee.

This form of fracture occurs most frequently as a complication of dislocation of the knee or of fracture of the tibial tuberosities. As a simple uncomplicated fracture it is apparently not so rare as one might be led to believe from textbooks and treatises on fractures in general. In such injuries to the knee as the so-called sprains or twists, it passed unrecognized before the introduction of the roentgen rays.

It is not my object at present to consider fracture of

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