Treatment of Fractures of the Femoral Diaphysis.
—Dr. Flavio P. Camargo, assistant professor, and Drs. J. Azevedo Lage and Plinio Souza Dias, instructors, department of orthopedics and traumatology, Hospital das Clinicas, São Paulo State University, reported on the treatment of fractures of the femoral diaphysis in 922 consecutive cases. Slightly more than 50% of the patients (498 cases) were children below 15 years. The cases were divided as follows: closed fractures 771 (83.6%), open fractures 58 (6.3%), pathological fractures 47 (5.1%), and viciously consolidated fractures 46 (5.0%). According to the fracture line, the 992 cases included 33 fractures without deviation (3.6%), 435 transverse fractures (47.2%), 271 oblique fractures (29.4%), and 183 comminuted fractures (19.8%). The report studied the different types of treatment for fractures other than the open fracture in the two age groups: patients below 15 years and patients 15 years and more. In the former group of 446