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August 20, 1927


Author Affiliations

Lincoln, Neb.
From the Surgical Service of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

JAMA. 1927;89(8):600. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.92690080001013

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At the suggestion of Dr. E. P. Richardson, I recently employed dental impression compound in making cock-up splints for cases of severe burns of the backs of the hands. The results were so good and the splints so effective that it seems fitting to call the method to the attention of physicians. I have not been able to find any record in the literature of the previous use of the material for this purpose. The substance is hard at body temperature, but when heated in water to 130 F., it becomes soft and pliable and can be molded in any desired shape. It is used by dentists for making impressions of the alveolar processes and palate. If remolding is desirable, it need only be reheated. For ordinary use it will not replace plaster of paris, for it is heavy and brittle and cannot be incorporated in bandage. It does, however,

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