This manual is designed to help the surgeon and his assistants acquire skill in applying plaster of paris casts in the treatment of traumatic conditions. Good technic is important if satisfactory results are to be obtained and serious complications avoided. The experience of war has emphasized the value of immobilization in the treatment of numerous types of injury. It is imperative that all concerned learn the correct technic for procedures in common usage. Of all methods of immobilization, the plaster of paris "cast" is, in general, unsurpassed for efficiency. It is cheap, durable and easily adapted to the individual case.
This book presents, by means of text and illustrations, proper technics for various types of casts useful to the practitioner. It discusses the types of material available and their preparation, preapplication fixation and padding, care of the patient while the cast is in place, and removal of casts in clean