Image from page 435 of "A practical treatise on fractures and dislocations" (1860)
Authors: Hamilton, Frank Hastings, 1813-1886
Publisher: Philadelphia : Blanchard and Lea
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tures had oc-curred, the splints and bandages were finally removed. Both patellaehad united by ligamentous tissue, the length of which was about one-quarter of an inch. 446 FKACTUEES OF THE PATELLA. In a few weeks more he left the hospital, walking with only a slightimpairment of the motions of the joints. The plan adopted by M. Gama, of Val de Grace,1 is similar to thatwhich I have now described, but the splint upon which the limbreposes is not so wide, while width is an essential point in the attain-ment of the objects which I propose. Dr. Neill, of Philadelphia, usesalso the adhesive plaster straps, but they are not placed outside of thesplint.2 Such, also, I understand to be Mr. Alcocks method of usingthe adhesive plaster.3 The dressing and apparatus employed by Wood, of Kings CollegeHospital, is very similar to my own, but, as will be seen by the accom-panying drawing (Fig. 183), the splint is only five or six inches wide.Dr. Wood has substituted hooks for the notches.4 Fig. 183.
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Woods apparatus. Dr. Dorsey, of Philadelphia, employed a very simple apparatus, Fig.184, which will serve to illustrate the general plan adopted by manysurgeons, both at home and abroad. It is liable, however, to the objec- Fig. 184.
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