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How would a broken rib be treated in the olden days?

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: With nothing

Rib fractures used to be treated with nothing - pain medication at most.
There were other old treatments for multiple rib fractures, including the iron lung and metal "skewers" for surgically treating these injuries.

In brief: With nothing

Rib fractures used to be treated with nothing - pain medication at most.
There were other old treatments for multiple rib fractures, including the iron lung and metal "skewers" for surgically treating these injuries.
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Dr. David LaMond
Bariatrics

In brief: The same as today

Time, 4-6 weeks.

In brief: The same as today

Time, 4-6 weeks.
Dr. David LaMond
Dr. David LaMond
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