February 21, 1966

A Good-Looking Cast

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Los Angeles

JAMA. 1966;195(8):701. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100080141056

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To the Editor:—  In reply, the first paragraph is typical of recollections of happenings which occurred many years ago, but which may have been actually somewhat different. However, I have no doubt that the cast looked "gosh awful" at that time, and agree that they still do.The efficacy of medical treatment as judged by this patient's husband may reflect personal worry, grief at being separated from his wife, and the fear of what might happen to her. While close family ties are to be commended, a better way to judge medical treatment might be the actual patient's opinion of his care. For instance, it would be interesting to contrast the amount of pain endured during reduction of the fracture to that during the trip home. Other factors, such as period of healing, residual deformity, and permanent disability, might likewise show revealing differences.Since Dr. Filinger appears to be more

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