Management of fractures of the humerus in Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome: an historical review.

  title={Management of fractures of the humerus in Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome: an historical review.},
  author={S. D. Brorson},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
  volume={467 7},
Fractures of the humerus have challenged medical practitioners since the beginning of recorded medical history. In the earliest known surgical text, The Edwin Smith Papyrus (copied circa 1600 BC), three cases of humeral fractures were described. Reduction by traction followed by bandaging with linen was recommended. In Corpus Hippocraticum (circa 440-340 BC), the maneuver of reduction was fully described: bandages of linen soaked in cerate and oil were applied followed by splinting after a week… CONTINUE READING


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