Lexicon:Basra/Basrah method, Andersen's

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Term: Basra/Basrah method, Andersen's
References: The Letter of Marque, page 273
Clarissa Oakes, page 121
The Thirteen-Gun Salute, page 91
The Nutmeg of Consolation, page 192
Meaning: William Eton, an Englishman and former consul in Basra, wrote a letter to a doctor in Petersburg describing how an Arabian soldier's broken leg was treated with plaster of Paris. The letter was written in 1798 and appeared in some European medical papers, but many years passed before plaster of Paris was applied on a large scale in Europe. The technique consisted of pouring plaster pulp into a mould in which the broken leg was laid in the correct position.

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Maturin's Medicine — This article is based on information from Maturin's Medicine, compiled and edited by Kerry Webb, with the help of a number of contributors.

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