Medicine: Dog Splint for Human Legs

Metal splints for broken leg bones, originally invented by a veterinary for use on dogs, have proved so effective in treating human fractures that the U.S. Navy is now buying 1,000 of them a month. Last week a story in the Annals of Surgery introduced them to U.S. doctors generally.

The "Stader reduction splint" was devised in 1931 by Veterinary Otto Stader (of Ardmore, Pa.) because his canine patients gnawed plaster casts off their legs. When Drs. Kenneth Lewis and Lester Breidenbach of Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital saw a Stader splint on a dog, they were impressed at once with the fact that...

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