In preparing this edition the author has incorporated suggestions offered by orthopedic and traumatic surgeons. Many illustrations have been added which enhance the value of this book.
The author is a devotee of plaster of paris. He believes in individualization of the patient.
A large proportion of orthopedic conditions must be immobilized with plaster. The inadequacy of wood or metal splints for injuries except emergencies is mentioned. Plaster technic is by no means standardized, and application of a splint or cast should be adapted to the individual; thus there is opportunity for originality and improvement in technic.
Curriculums for medical students provide little instruction in this plaster of paris technic. The beginner often must learn through his own resources. In many instances the surgeon himself does not apply the plaster to his patients, but assigns this part of the treatment to the intern. There appears to be a popular idea