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My object in this paper with demonstration, is to present a simple, effective and convenient method of dressing injuries of the extremities, especially the lower, whether of fracture as the paper is headed or dislocations, sprains or contusions and lacerations of muscle or tendon, everything indicating rest of tissue; a dressing embracing the principle of rest without restraint; a simple auxiliary to the bandage.
I hope to be able to demonstrate at some future time that all progressive tendency to displacement from reflex irritation can be avoided by placing the muscles in a state of rest by simply encasing the limb in an easy environment.
The bandage of old, well worn muslin in successive layers comes as near meeting these indications as any other and with nack can be made almost, if not quite, as effective in soft even cushioning as with the cotton batting and much more retaining.
LINK JE. A SIMPLE METHOD OF DRESSING FRACTURES OF THE EXTREMITIES. AN AUXILIARY TO THE BANDAGE.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(3):111-112. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430550013002d