How Should We Treat Fractures?

  • A. Graham Apley


The title of this talk is “How should we treat fractures? ”, but really the important question is “How should we treat people? ” — people who happen to have broken bones. If, for example, a person breaks their leg, all they want at the end of treatment is that the leg should be long enough to reach the ground, face the way they’re going, and enable them to sit, stand, walk, and run. Which was not difficult till Rontgen came along. But ever since he invented x-rays, that’s what most surgeons treat instead of treating people. What’s more, surgeons assume that their help is needed in getting a fracture to join; that they must put it in plaster, or plate it, or something. But fractures join without surgeons needing to immobilize them.


Internal Fixation Femoral Shaft Fracture Shaft Tibial Plateau Fracture Femoral Shaft Fracture 
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© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Graham Apley
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  1. 1.Royal College of SurgeonsLondonUK

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