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January 11, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(2):54-56. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410020018002

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THE TREATMENT OF FRACTURES BY MEANS OF THE PLASTER OF PARIS DRESSING.  A Clinical Lecture delivered to the Third Year Class at the Medico-Chirurgical College, Philadelphia.BY D. BENJAMIN, M.D.,LECTURER ON FRACTURES AND DISLOCATIONS; SURGEON TO COOPER HOSPITAL, ETC.[Reported for The Journal.]

Gentlemen:  —I have been using plaster of Paris extensively for some twelve years, in the treatment of fractures, and it is undoubtedly the best, as well as the cheapest, dressing for most cases; notwithstanding the apparent simplicity of this dressing, it requires great care in its management in order to secure success.I have found no dressing so satisfactory as the plaster, or silicate, for the treatment of broken bones in infants. I have recently treated two cases of broken femurs in very young children, aged respectively three weeks and eight months, and after trying various splints and apparatus, resorted to the plaster bandage, which gave

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