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February 14, 1885

A Manual of Bandaging; Adapted for Self-Instruction.

JAMA. 1885;IV(7):195. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390820027018

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This is a useless little volume since it contains much discarded rubbish of obsolete names and the terminology of a past generation. It is full of references to " charpie " the "plumasseau," "Gateau," "boulette," " bourdounet," "pelote," "cataplasma carbonis," and other strange and barbaric things which modern surgery has no use for. It is evident enough where the writer's mistake occurred. In compiling his " manual " he used one or two little works on bandaging which are still extant upon the shelves of older practitioners. The book has every appearance of having been made to order by one who knew little or nothing about the subject. A little more practical experience would have taught him that more than half his elaborate bandages with their queer long names would not work in practice, in fact have been discarded long ago, if they ever were in use. It may be that they are still popular

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