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June 29, 1940

DERMATITIS FROM ELASTI-GLASS GARTERS AND WRIST WATCH STRAPS

JAMA. 1940;114(26):2540-2542. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810260026006
Abstract

The recent development of synthetic chemical compounds has led to their employment in the garment industry for the manufacture of various articles of wearing apparel. Too short a period of time has elapsed for the manufacturers to realize adequately the possibilities of injurious effects to the skin from contact with materials made from these substances. Approximately seven months ago a new flexible synthetic resin was introduced by the plastics division of one of our large chemical companies under a special trade name that indicates its derivation from a vinyl resin. Plasticizing agents of the ester type are used as modifiers. This material is a thick, transparent, flexible substance that stretches like rubber and melts rapidly when heated. At the present time it is being manufactured into garters, belts, suspenders and wrist watch straps under the trade name "elasti-glass." It is also being used for dental plates. The garters are made

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