This section is from the book "The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine. Volume 2.", by J. H. Kellogg, M.D.. Also available from Amazon: The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine, Volume 2.
Fractures of this kind may occur from a blow upon the back of the hand or striking some hard object with the knuckles. In treating it, the ends of the fragments should be placed in position, and a ball of yam placed in the hand for the patient to grasp. The bandage should then be applied. A little deformity remains, but the usefulness of the hand is not impaired.
There is no difficulty in recognizing fractures of the fingers. They are very easily treated. It is only necessary to see that the fingers are in a natural position, and that the palmar surface is not drawn to one side. Even if the soft parts as well as the bones have been completely severed, if the parts have not been crushed too much, union will often take place, and the severed fragments should be brought together and kept in position. A piece of pasteboard or wood, or a perforated zinc or tin, should be placed upon the palm side of the fingers after the fragments have been adjusted, and the bandage should be applied. The starch or plaster bandage is very useful in these cases.