Biomechanics of femur fractures secondary to gunshot wounds.

  title={Biomechanics of femur fractures secondary to gunshot wounds.},
  author={H. Williams Smith and Kay Wheatley},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  volume={24 11},
Nonlethal gunshot wounds to the femur produce four classical types of fractures. The 'drill-hole,' incomplete, and 'butterfly' fractures have been described in both clinical and experimental settings. The remote spiral fracture, sometimes attributed to the fall on the femur after wounding, is unique to the weight-loaded femur. A mathematical model relying on the beam in bending and the mechanics of a cylindrical shell is offered. An experimental method utilizing an apparatus (the 'osteoclast… CONTINUE READING

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