April 25, 1966

That Good-Looking Cast-Reply

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Tucson, Ariz

JAMA. 1966;196(4):373. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100170115050

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To the Editor:—  Apparently we can put a man in orbit, or make instrumental measurements of the weight of planets such as Venus, but a sensible approach to a good cast is beyond medical research. Perhaps, if the patient does not complain, then one may say the end justifies the means, which seems to be Dr. Nickel's message, win, lose or draw.Twenty years ago, the late Myron O. Henry, MD, responded to my needling him about a plaster cast for a fractured scaphoid bone. He used a knitted fiber glass, which had to be molded into place with some solvent. It had no gorgeous hue, as has been suggested, but it was as different from plaster as night from day.Plaster casts have a way of developing odors which make the wearer a pariah in any society, and a memorable olfactory experience for his associates. When dining, even with

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