A case of self-inflicted ulceration of the skin is reported, which remained undiagnosed for nearly two years. In dermatological conditions, which do not seem to fit in with any known skin disease, the possibility of artefacts should be thought of.
Though skeletal traction is probably the most popular method of treating fractures of the shaft of the femur, it has certain disadvantages in the absence of constant skilled supervision. In such cases, immediate traction, followed by the application of plaster-of-Paris, provide an alternative form of treatment. It is suggested that this method might be employed for fractures admitted to field ambulances.