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December 1962

Sulla Vitae Sulla Mente di Luigi Concato

Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(6):914-915. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620240096020

I take particular pleasure in reviewing this book because it was only by chance that I found it in the British Museum while I was in London last year. My interest in immobilization—the logical, humane, and successful method of treating polyarthritis—had led me to study the history of the method. The Surgeon General's catalog listed 3 doctors who had practiced splinting in the seventies; 2 were Americans1,2 and 1 was Robert Bridges (later poet laureate), in St. Bartholomew's Hospital Reports of 1876.3,4 Bridges was so delighted with his results (in a single case) that he consulted the medical journals and found that Concato5,6 had reported complete success with 21 polyarthritic patients treated by "l'apparecchio inamovible." Concato had thought out his own method; then he consulted the journals and found that Gottschalk7 of Cologne in 1845 had been the first to report the successful use of starch

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