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October 30, 1937


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Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1937;109(18):1448. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.92780440002011a

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The removal of a plaster cast, while a comparatively simple matter, is accompanied by difficulties that make the procedure at times very trying and vexatious.

Most cutters are designed to cut through the cotton and the plaster at the same time, but this is rather difficult to perform at one operation, being attended by considerable discomfort to the patient and at times causing traumatism to the skin as well. In view of these circumstances I have designed and used a method that facilitates the removal of a cast without undue difficulty and in a rapid and smooth manner and without injury to the patient.

This method consists of metal channels, which are placed on top of the cotton or stockinet and held in place by two or three strips of adhesive tape, after which the plaster bandage is applied over them. The accompanying illustrations show the manner in which they

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