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March 29, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(13):1373-1375. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820130035011

A couple of years ago I visited a small suburban hospital to care for a simple fracture of the leg and was taken to the splint room by the superintendent, who showed me with great pride an appalling array of splints of all kinds. I was told that the splints were bought so that if a specialist from the city should come this modest hospital could meet his requirements.

Often these complicated splints are accompanied by elaborate charts and instructions, but rarely is there any description of the principles underlying the splinting. I feel that it is not so much a question of what splint to use as it is of the principle behind the splinting. I recall in my house officer days, thirty years ago, working under that wise surgeon Dr. C. A. Porter, who taught most of the physicians in the community the principles of surgery of the

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