Prognosis is defined as the art of foretelling the course and termination of a disease. In no case can one give any accurate prognosis without knowing from his own experience or from that of others what have been the course and termination of similar cases. Hence arises the importance of studying end-results as well as the clinical course of the disease.
It was shown in the report on fractures of the tibia and fibula presented to this association in 19211 that among a total of 914 such fractures analyzed, good function was secured in 71 per cent. of cases, moderate function in 20 per cent. and bad function in 9 per cent. (Table 10); that the average period of disability in simple fractures was four months for ankle fractures and 4.7 months for fractures of the leg proper; while in compound fractures the average period of disability was five
ASHHURST APC, CROSSAN ET. PROGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF FRACTURES OF THE LEG AND ANKLE: END-RESULTS IN ONE HUNDRED PATIENTS. Arch Surg. 1923;7(3):601–632. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1923.01120030134005
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