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May 30, 1903

Plaster-of-Paris Bandages.

JAMA. 1903;XL(22):1520. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490220044014

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Toledo, Ohio, May 8, 1903.

To the Editor:  —It is not generally known that the late Dr. Hezekiah P. Mead of Morrisville, Madison County, N. Y., who died last year, was the first to discover the practicability of applying the plaster-of-paris bandage to the treatment of fractures and other displacements in which it is so universally used by the profession throughout the land. This was early in the year 1860.With an utter lack of any thirst for notoriety, and content with his mere contribution to the profession and to the good of humanity, he gracefully allowed the name of another skilled and more prominent surgeon of the time to be credited with this valuable discovery.Through intimate association and personal knowledge of the facts at the period named, I have felt it incumbent on me to call attention to the above fact, in justice to a man of consummate

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