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The Closed Treatment of Common Fractures

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 19 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:161
  1. Munier Hossain, staff grade in orthopaedics, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, Wales
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    It was five years after the end of the second world war. A young lecturer in orthopaedics from Manchester published a book titled The Closed Treatment of Common Fractures—a slim volume with a modest aim: “to re-emphasise the non-operative method.” His target readership was primarily junior trainees in accident and emergency and orthopaedics. His years of service as a military surgeon in the war almost certainly provided him with ammunition for his work. He had an important message for the hapless doctor left unsupervised to treat common fractures concerning why and how fractures displace and how best to reduce and hold …

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