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November 13, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(20):1644. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.92680200001012

While I was visiting Mr. Girdlestone at Oxford, England, in June, 1925, he demonstrated a splint for use in bilateral deltoid paralysis, both as prophylactic and curative measures. He has not published the description and assents to the suggestion of the desirability of makit known so that it might have a suitable trial.

The splint (fig. 1) is made of one-eighth inch duralumin1 with sponge-rubber pads. It consists of six curved bands, and two straight bands each with a short right angled bend, one cross piece behind and four padded metal plates. It is self retaining and very light.

The patient (fig. 2) was a man, aged 25, born in the United States, a Rhodes scholar studying at Oxford. He was stricken with infantile paralysis in September, 1923, resulting in complete paralysis below the ninth dorsal segment, almost complete loss of the intercostals and neck muscles, except the platysma, and complete loss of both shoulders and upper arm.