Bennett fracture: Intra-articular two-part fracture of the base of the first metacarpal with carpometacarpal joint involvement. Thumb fracture usually sustained with forced abduction of the first metacarpal.
1881 – Bennett presented to a meeting of the Pathological Society of Dublin Nov 12th 1881 the fracture-dislocation now eponymous with him. He published his treatise on fractures of the base of the first metacarpal in the Dublin Journal of Medical Science. [1882;73:72-75]
1886 – Bennett published further ‘On Fracture of the Metacarpal Bone of the Thumb‘ [1886;2(1331):12-13]
1897 – Bennett presented at the surgical section of the Royal Academy of Medicine. He produced anatomic specimens, photographs, casts of hands, and roentgenograms to demonstrate. Bennett presented nine anatomic specimens related to first metacarpal fractures. Five of these specimens showed the following lesion:
The fracture passed obliquely across the base of the bone, detaching the greater part of the articular surface and the piece of bone that was resting on this surface was projected toward the palm of the hand. The separated fragment was very large, and the deformity that resulted therefrom seemed more a dorsal subluxation of the first metacarpal.
Transcript of 1897 Presentation to the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland
- Bennett’s fracture
- Bennett fracture luxation
- Bennett fracture-dislocation
- Intra-articular two-part fracture of the base of the first metacarpal
- Bennett EH. Fractures of the metacarpal bones. Dublin J Med Sci 1882;73:72-75
- Bennett EH. On fracture of the metacarpal bone of the thumb. Br Med J 1886;2:12-13 [PMC2257374]
- Bennett EH. Report of a Meeting of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 14 May 1897. Br Med J 1897;1:1479
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