Dala (the_dala) wrote in little_details,

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historical treatment of broken clavical

In a fall, a healthy adult male breaks his collarbone (or at least that's the current idea). In the late 17th to mid 18th century, what sort of treatment would be available? I could only find info on modern treatment; I understand a sling would probably be useful, but as he is a blacksmith with a family to support, I don't want to put him out of commission permanently. Is this the sort of injury that would be quite serious, but from which he'd be able to make a full recovery in a few weeks/months?

Thanks in advance!
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