The use of adhesives in medical applications was for a long time restricted to the manufacture of self-adhesive bandages (plasters, self-adhesive strips of fabric, etc.) (Figure 1). The first pressure sensitive adhesives used for this were based on natural rubber. This was in part later superseded by synthetic rubbers. In the middle of the 20th century, pressure sensitive adhesives based on polyacrylic acid esters became increasingly important, both for general use and for bandage materials.
Adhesives are today employed in diverse areas of medicine, replacing traditional methods with "friendlier" processes.