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October 4, 1930


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South Bend, Ind.

JAMA. 1930;95(14):1021. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.27210140002010a

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Contractures occurring secondary to' burned areas about a joint are always problems of considerable magnitude, especially when the disability and compensation factors are taken into consideration. Many methods have, in the past, been used, such as open method with extension and weights, paraffin method and sand bagging, all of which have caused considerable pain to the patient and many of which had finally to be discontinued either because of the discomfort or because they were not practical over a long period of time.

I report this case merely because, as far as I can discover, the method used is unique, is easily carried out and gives excellent results.

July 8, 1930, a white man, aged 24, sustained extensive second and third degree burns to both extremities from the ankles to the middle third of the thighs. The whole circumference of both limbs was involved. A thick application of ointment dressing

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