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July 12, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(2):104. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.26120280001008a

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During the European war, many varieties of splints came into vogue. Some of them were resurrected from the discard, while others combined old ideas with new positions and arrangements. Among the various mechanical supports is the "aeroplane" splint used for fractures of the surgical and anatomic necks of the humerus, gunshot wounds of the shoulder involving the joint, and wounds of the outer end of the clavicle and spine of the scapula. This splint has been used to great advantage and with much comfort to the patient, both before and after operative procedure. But as devised it does not meet all the requirements of the long convalescence of these types of cases. A later style is open to practically the same objections, as it does not permit of the lowering of the arm with support in the axilla, the point at which support is most needed.

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