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June 15, 1901

NON-CONSTRICTIVE DRESSINGS FOR FRACTURES.

Author Affiliations

DISTRICT SURGEON TO THE C. & N.-W. R.R. CO. MANITOWOC, WIS.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(24):1686-1687. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470240014002b
Abstract

It should be our aim and object in the treatment of diseases and injuries to under no circumstances interfere with the beneficent effort of Nature. In the treatment of fractures with our cumbersome splints and dressings, with many and constrictive forms of bandages of myriad name and nature, with material in some cases so heavy as to make the patient weary with its ponderosity, is it not time to stop and review the whole subject of this form of treatment and study it in its simplicity, aiming to aid and not retard Nature in her effort at repair. We should remember that all indications are fulfilled if the broken fragments of bone are in apposition and at rest. This idea of rest applies to all injuries, but at this time I wish to limit the question to the treatment of fracture, although the principle is the same, in a large

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