Image from page 145 of “The home medical library” (1907)

Image from page 145 of “The home medical library” (1907)
Healing Arts
Identifier: homemedicallibra01wins
Title: The home medical library
Year: 1907 (1900s)
Authors: Winslow, Kenelm, 1863-
Subjects: Medicine, Popular Medicine
Publisher: New York, The Review of reviews company
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Smithsonian Libraries

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harges so well, and sticks tothe parts. When torn into balls as large as an tgg andboiled for fifteen minutes in water, it is useful assponges for cleaning wounds. Sheet wadding, or cot-ton, is serviceable in covering splints before they areapplied to the skin. Wet antiseptic surgical dressingsare valuable in treating wounds which are inflamedand not healing well. They are made by soaking gauzein solutions of carbolic acid (half a teaspoonful of theacid to one pint of hot water), and, after application,covering the gauze with oil silk, rubber dam, or par-affin paper. Heavy brown wrapping paper, well oiledor greased, will answer the purpose when better ma-terial is not at hand. BANDAGES.—Bandaging is an art that can onlybe acquired in any degree of perfection by practical in-struction and experience. Some useful hints, however,may be given to the inexperienced. Cotton cloth,bleached or unbleached, is commonly employed for ban-dages ; also gauze, which does not make so effective a 133

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Fig. III. Plate II. DIFFERENT FORMS OF BANDAGES.(American Text-book and Reference Handbook.) Fig. I shows application of figure-of-eight bandage; Fig. II, a spicabandage of thumb; Fig. Ill, a spica bandage of foot; Fig. IV, aT-bandage. fV ins low and Ferris dressing, but is much easier of application, is softerand more comfortable, and is best adapted to the useof the novice. A bandage cannot be put on properlyunless it is first rolled. A bandage for the limbs shouldbe about two and a half inches wide and eight yardslong; for the fingers, three-quarters of an inch wide andthree yards long. The bandage may be rolled on itselftill it is as large as the finger, and then rolled downthe front of the thigh, with the palm of the right hand,while the loose end is held taut in the left hand. Two forms of bandages are adapted to the limbs,the figure-of-eight, and the spiral reversed bandage.In applying a bandage always begin at the lower ex-tremity of the limb and approach the body. Make afew c

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