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November 29, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(22):1393. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480480035001j

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The ordinary Asch or Mayer hard rubber splint used after operations on the nasal septum is by no means a comfortable thing to wear. Its anterior lower edge projects conspicuously, while its upper edge, by its constant pressure, generally makes the tip of the nose very tender and painful. Some metallic splints I have seen are cleverly contrived, but the patient is unpleasantly conscious of their weight, and I am not sure but they have a tendency to fall out of the nose. Cork seems to offer, by its lightness and elasticity, some decided advantages, and I have made and used some splints of this material which have proved very satisfactory. The surgeon may make them for himself, with the aid of a sharp knife, a file and some sandpaper. A hole is bored through a piece of cork of proper size by means of a perforator, and the splint

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