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February 21, 1966

A Good-Looking Cast

Author Affiliations

Manhattan, Kan.

JAMA. 1966;195(8):701. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100080141055

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To the Editor:—  About 50 years ago my father suffered a broken leg in a horse-and-carriage runaway. A local country doctor, using a local anesthetic, set the broken bone and applied a heavy "gosh awful" looking cast. The whole operation took about an hour and a half and my father rode home with us in what was left of the carriage.This week (1965) my wife slipped on a rug and cracked a bone in her wrist. A trained local doctor set the bone and applied a heavy "gosh awful" looking cast enclosing the forearm. This took 21/2 hours in a clinic, and 18 hours in a hospital following a general anesthetic. Why haven't the plastic experts, chemists, textile workers, physicists, or someone developed a light, strong, good-looking cast?

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