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February 2, 1952

Instruments and Apparatus in Orthopaedic Surgery

JAMA. 1952;148(5):416. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930050088033

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This is a reference book written to complement other works on orthopedic surgery. In it are found descriptions of various appliances that the author has tested. Nangle feels the ultimate aim of splinting is to preserve and restore function; hence, he uses an anatomic and functional classification in presenting his material. The first chapter considers the basic principles of splinting, and a short chapter is devoted to the principles of splinting in poliomyelitis. The ideas expressed are in line with the present trend away from the excessive splinting that has been used in the past; however, exception may be taken to some of the principles that the author advocates regarding splinting in the early convalescent stage of poliomyelitis. Those portions of the book that consider plaster of paris technique, casts applied to specific parts of the body, and metal and leather braces contain no particularly new ideas. The book provides

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