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October 1929


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From the clinic of Dr. A. P. C. Ashhurst, Episcopal Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1929;19(4):712-724. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1929.01150040148005

The ability to apply knowledge is a valuable possession. By this faculty, Delbet has applied the common knowledge of surface anatomy to the development of a new treatment for fractures of the leg and of the ankle. He has utilized the prominence of the malleoli and the projections of the internal tuberosity of the tibia and of the head of the fibula as points d'appui for a splint which will fix the fracture without immobilizing the knee or ankle. With good function as the goal of the treatment, Professor Delbet could not have overlooked a method of securing good reduction and solid union.

Good reduction easily secured, consolidation of the fracture stimulated, good function restored in a comparatively painless manner and the disability reduced to a minimum period without the aid of physiotherapy are the benefits I hope to demonstrate by describing again the Delbet apparatus and by reporting the