I have chosen this subject not because tin splints are not used but because the general practitioner does not realize how easily he can make them himself to fit each individual case, and because I have some special devices to offer which I have found of considerable value.
Sheet tin is a material peculiarly adapted to form some of the common splints we are called on to use. It is thin and light, when shaped into a splint it has considerable firmness, and it is a material which is easily manipulated. The equipment is simple—a small vise, tin shears, a hammer, a 5-cent punch and a few small rivets. I have made all the splints which are illustrated in this article out of about 30 cents' worth of tin. I have a metalworker's hammer; it is a convenience, but most of my work has been done with a common, cheap, carpenter's hammer. A small block of soft metal or a piece of hard wood is a convenience.
MANN AT. THE MANUFACTUBE AND USE OF TIN SPLINTS.WITH SOME SPECIAL APPLIANCES.. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(19):1520–1523. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500460025002d
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