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A LATERAL PRESSURE SPLINT FOR FRACTURED NECK OF THE FEMUR

George Chandler, M.D., F.A.C.S.
JAMA. 1915;LXIV(3):239-240. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.25710290001013.
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The need of a simple method of applying an old principle in the treatment of fractured neck of the femur is the reason for presenting a splint which is particularly valuable for use in the outlying districts of small cities distant from big surgical centers.

A surgeon practicing in a small town is frequently called into the country for a case of this kind and is confronted with the problem of giving his patient a satisfactory method of treatment without the appliances which a larger city affords.

In cities where assistants are at hand, large hospitals are convenient, and Roentgen-ray specialists can be secured, the abduction method maintained by a plaster-of-Paris splint, as advocated by Dr. Royal Whitman, is, of course, the ideal one.

A proper application of plaster of Paris, however, necessitates three or four assistants and an apparatus. This is obviously impossible in small communities.

Nor are the

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