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May 24, 1913


JAMA. 1913;60(21):1620. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340210030015

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Every surgeon using molded plaster-of-Paris splints in the treatment of fractures has been more or less annoyed by the great amount of manipulation and soiling and the time required in the making of such splints. To overcome these disadvantages I have devised means for preparing plaster-of-Paris splints in a dry state so that they may be kept until needed.

Several layers of unstiffened gauze, three times the width of the desired splint, are stitched together lengthwise along two lines (A and B in the diagram), so as to divide them into three equal parts. Plaster of Paris is applied to the middle third and rubbed into the cloth in the usual manner. A layer from one of the outer thirds is now folded to the center, and plaster applied to it. Then the corresponding layer of the remaining third is treated in like manner, and so on until all the

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