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January 1976

The Splinting of Burn Patients

Arch Surg. 1976;111(1):96. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360190098034

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The extraordinary progress that has been made in the development of the splinting and positioning of the burn patient, and the recognition of the great benefits to be obtained by their proper use, make the appearance of a book devoted to this subject most timely.

The first third of this book is made up of a brief summary of current concepts of burn care. This is probably more than sufficient for the purposes of the occupational therapist or physiotherapist to whom the book is principally directed but, unlike the remainder of the book, this portion is somewhat out of date. For example, for a patient requiring pulmonary support, tracheostomy is recommended without any mention of extended endotracheal intubation; excision therapy of burns is said to be "seldom employed today"; and the progress made in the use of surface antiseptic agents other than mafenide (Sulfamylon) is scarcely noted.

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