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February 14, 1885

Surgical Handicraft. A Manual of Surgical Manipulations, Minor Surgery and other Matters Connected with the Work of House Surgeons and Surgical Dressers.

JAMA. 1885;IV(7):195. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390820027019

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This volume will be of value as a book of reference. It treats of a numberless variety of matters coming within the province of the hospital house surgeon and general practitioner. Every man has his own methods and those are best in his hands with which he is most familiar, still suggestions are always useful and amendments always in order. Each reader will probably wish to make some alteration in the book, for it treats of those matters of which every one has practical knowledge. Your reviewer, for instance, would like to suggest that in his experience the incorporation of metallic strips into plaster splints does not add permanent strength to the splint, for it divides it up into layers which make the splint break down quicker than a simple one made of selected plaster. The important point in this connection which is omitted by the author, as well as

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