In fibrinous pleurisy, it is frequently advisable to strap the chest. A cloth from 4 to 6 inches wide drawn snugly around the lower part of the chest, and adhesive plaster strips are advocated by different men.
I have just passed through eight weeks of fibrinous pleurisy which involved the diaphragm of both sides. The long illness enabled me to form some conclusions as to the method and value of strapping.
I used a 4 inch strip of cloth snugly encircling the chest at the level of the lower end of the sternum. This gave me great comfort after I became used to it. I tried a leather strap around the chest below the lower end of the sternum. This was fairly comfortable when I was sitting up, but intolerable when I was lying down. This applies, also to adhesive straps which, in order to be efficient, must cross the