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To the Editor:
—In The Journal, January 8, is a letter by Dr. F. J. Cotton of Boston referring to an article of mine published in The Journal of December 25, on "An Improved Method of Applying the Plaster Jacket," and in which he says that the method described is precisely similar to a method described in Bradford and Lovett's work on orthopedics. I take exception to that. The methods are certainly similar in having the patient lie on a sling while the plaster is being applied, but the details have been worked out differently in the two cases. Dr. Cotton calls the old method an emergency method, so apparently it was not very satisfactory; but I think that in its new form the method will prove to be more than that. In the short experience I have had with it I prefer it to the methods of application in
Panton KD. Improved Method of Applying Plaster Jacket. JAMA. 1910;LIV(6):482. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550320060011