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November 1944

PROGRESS IN ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY FOR 1943 A REVIEW PREPARED BY AN EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS: XV. FRACTURE DEFORMITIES

Arch Surg. 1944;49(5):362-366. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1944.01230020371010
Abstract

The literature for 1943 includes a number of excellent articles on delayed union of fractures and on nonunion, while little emphasis has been placed on malunion. In these articles, all of which are written from a clinical standpoint, attention has been directed about equally to study of the causes of delayed union and nonunion and to exposition of grafting technics, with statistical analyses of the results.

Clinical Studies of Delayed Union and Nonunion.  —In a comprehensive article, which merits careful study for full understanding and appreciation, Watson-Jones and Coltart520 have analyzed a series of 804 fractures of the shaft of the tibia and femur. They state that the test of success in the treatment of a fracture is the quality of the end result rather than the time taken in achieving it. Time is not saved when recovery is accelerated at the cost of permanent disability; a disabled man

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