Our literature is full of directions as to how and when to put the appliance on the patient. It is practically silent about removing it, and yet it requires good judgment to know when to divorce the patient from his splint, be it made of plaster, wood, leather or steel. I often inform my patient that it is easier to tell when to put on a brace than when to take it off.
It is the modern and laudable tendency of orthopedic surgery to get away from the brace. As a result of this tendency, we are in possession today of the various arthrodesing and fusing operations, of the different tendon plasties and joint reconstruction operations— of operations to restore balance. But these operations, which are designed to free the patient from brace thraldom, generally require splints and braces in their after-treatment. I have seen what might have been good