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Opération destinée à remédier à une pseudoarthrose du tibia avec perte de substance étendue. Main entry as Hahn-Steinthal operation, under N. F. Hahn.


T. W. Huntington:

Case of bone transference. Use of a segment of fibula to supply a defect in the tibia.

Annals of Surgery, Philadelphia, February, 1905, 41: 249-251.


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