Book Reviews
January 1945

Plaster of Paris Technic.

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By E. O. Geckeler, M.D. Price, $3.00. Pp. 220, with 208 illustrations. Baltimore: The Williams & Wilkins Company, 1944.

Am J Dis Child. 1945;69(1):64. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1945.02020130071011

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This book is an excellent treatise on the use of plaster of paris, and it should prove of great value to doctors, nurses and students.

It takes up in detail the forms of plaster used in surgery, telling how the bandages are made. It then explains the general technic of the use of plaster; this is the chapter every hospital nurse should read.

Next, the application of plaster is described, with an explanation of plaster splints, padding, reenforcements, molds, etc., and of the errors and difficulties to be overcome, such as buckling of casts, too tight casts, and too rapid or too slow setting of the plaster. Then the use of pattern plaster is explained.

The succeeding three chapters tell how to apply casts to the different parts of the body, beginning with the spine and continuing with the upper and the lower extremities and the pelvis.

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