Kocher was a pioneer in shoulder relocation, and in his 1870 article (translated here) he describes the techniques available in his day. He looks at the pros and cons of each method, discusses the use of traction, and whether analgesics were needed (he states that chloroform actually makes it harder!). To look at the key points of his article, click here.
It is worth noting that Kocher did not advocate the use of analgesics or traction.
X-ray of the month
Take a quick look at our X-ray of the month. It’s an unusual injury, with a fancy name.
Can you guess what the injury is? How would you treat it?