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The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 56-B, Issue 1 | Pages 96 - 101
1 Feb 1974
Hubbarde MJS

1. The results of treatment of fractures of the shaft of the femur in fifty patients aged sixty-five years and over seen over a twelve-year period are presented.

2. Half of the patients were treated by internal fixation and half by conservative methods. The mortality in the former group was three times that of the latter.

3. The length of hospital stay was only slightiy less after internal fixation because many patients in both groups had to remain in hospital because of social problems.

4. The indications for internal fixation of fractures of the shaft of the femur in elderly patients are discussed.