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December 12, 1936


JAMA. 1936;107(24):1968. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.92770500003008a

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A splint that I first saw used by my late colleague and friend Dr. William Jackson Merrill, during the 1932 poliomyelitis epidemic in Philadelphia, is here described. It serves to aid in maintaining the lower extremities of bed patients in any desired degree of rotation. A circular plaster is applied from the toes to the knee or higher. A board or two thicknesses of basswood, about 3 inches wide and 10 inches long, is fastened with another plaster bandage to the under surface of the plaster, proximal to the heel. The board should be in the same plane as the bed when the patient is recumbent. The plaster may be bivalved and the lower portion used as a removable splint.

If it is desired to maintain the extremity in an attitude of outward rotation, the longer arm of the board should be fitted to extend well to

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