Bandage, in surgery, a fillet, or roller, used in dressing and binding up wounds, restraining dangerous bleedings, and in joining fractured or dislocated bones.

The modern and more enlightened surgeons have, in some of the most important operations, relinquished the use of tight bandages, from a conviction of their tendency to do more harm than good. Thus it is certain, that. the most expeditious cures of broken limbs, have generally been effected without any bandages; yet, as there is a necessity of keeping the injured limb in a steady posture, we shall expatiate on this subject under the head of Fractures.—See also Ligatures, and Tourniquet.