Thomas Leg Splint


Hugh Owen Thomas (1834-1891) was an English bone setter, as were many of his relatives, and it was he who invented the Thomas Splint. His nephew, Colonel Robert Jones, promoted the use of the Thomas splint for the initial treatment of femoral fractures, thus greatly reducing the mortality related to this problem during World War I.

This Thomas Splint was made by the DePuy Manufacturing Company, a firm established in Warsaw, Ind., in 1895, by Revra DePuy (1860-1921), a chemist and pharmaceutical salesman who promoted fiber splints that could be customized to fit patients.

Date Made: ca 1920

Maker: DePuy Manufacturing Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Indiana, Warsaw

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Credit Line: Gift of William P. Evans

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-07293.01Catalog Number: M-07293.01Accession Number: 217731

Object Name: leg splint

Physical Description: metal; cloth (overall material)Measurements: overall: 115 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm; 45 9/32 in x 11 13/16 in x 11 13/16 in


Record Id: nmah_727589

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