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February 18, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(7):587. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960420067024

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To the Editor.—  For a long time we have observed that active youngsters are hard on plaster casts, so that many times, when a cast had been on for only a relatively short period of time, the patient would appear in our clinic with a dirty grey, soft, and almost pulverized immobilizing device. This was especially difficult, in that there were times when we were faced with the possibility of losing our reduction if we changed the cast, and yet the cast was too soft to be of further value. We have found at least a partial solution to the problem. I am submitting it for interest purposes only, disclaiming any originality whatsoever. At the local grocery we purchased vegetable dyes used in food coloring. These dyes come as concentrates, and about 0.5 cc. was added to the water into which we dipped the plaster rolls. The children are encouraged

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