The fixed traction and traction suspension methods of treating fractures have been so widely adopted, and with such satisfactory results, that anything which might increase their application is worthy of a few descriptive lines.
Of the available substances for adhesive traction, Sinclair's glue is undoubtedly the most satisfactory. At times, however, because of the variability of the fish glue from which it is made, it lacks the necessary adhesive force. It is irritating to certain skins; but this may be due, partly, to faulty preparation or to applying it too hot. Salicylic acid has been used as a preservative according to some of the formulas. This should be avoided, as it increases desquamation; thymol is equally effective as a preservative. Frequently, it is necessary to wait some time after it is applied before traction can be made, and a relatively large area of skin must be available for its application.