Early Modern History
Antonius Mathijsen, a Dutch military surgeon, was the inventor of the now commonly and widely used Plaster of Paris cast in 1851.
His discovery that when soaking a bandage into water and plaster of paris, the bandage would harden in just a few minutes. This solidified his conclusion that the combination of the materials would make a good solution to heal broken bones. This revelation was published in a Dutch medical magazine Repertorium in February 1852.
Since then, the orthopedic treatments have pluralised to include methods such as joint replacements, arthroscopy and many other technologies.