oa South African Medical Journal - Mechanical fixation of fractures of the shaft of the femur

Volume 27, Issue 49
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



It is possible that the resort to methods of mechanical fixation is an admission of defeat, but I submit that we have turned that defeat into a victory. Conservative methods have failed absolutely, for one reason or another entirely out of our control. Therefore we have had to adopt other methods by force of circumstance. Having regard to the mentality of the patients treated, the hazards of irresponsible ward cleaners, the attitude of the average Bantu nurse, and the lack of proper equipment, I think we have been amply justified in adopting the open method of reduction which has yielded these good results.

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