TITANIUM, A METAL FOR SURGERY

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Abstract

Studies on titanium made by implanting into subcutaneous tissue of rabbits, and femora of rats, have demonstrated that titanium is an inert metal which appears to be ideal for fixation of fractures. A sufficient number of plates and screws have not been used to determine whether or not they will break in the treatment of fractures. It is hoped that eventually plates and screws can be produced which will not readily break.

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