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To the Editor:
—Within the past two years we have been called on to treat five cases of severe lacerations of the palm of the hand, caused from porcelain tap handles. In each instance the history given was that the tap handle suddenly broke as the water faucet was being turned on or off. A sudden striking of the faucet with the palm of the hand caused a breaking of the handle, and the palm was cut against the sharp, jagged portion of the handle that remained attached.These lacertions were all deep and involved the palmar arch, causing profuse bleeding. In one case a terminal branch of the ulnar nerve was cut, resulting in a permanent paralysis of the portion of the hand supplied by that nerve. In the most recent case the cut was deep enough to sever the superficial and deep flexor tendons supplying the fourth and
Simpkin JM, Keizer R. DANGER TO HANDS FROM BROKEN TAPS. JAMA. 1933;100(23):1882–1883. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740230060030