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To the Editor:—
After reading the article "Easy Removal of Skin Sutures," by Drs. Weinstein and Roberts (J. A. M. A. [July 25] 1953) we agree with the authors that their suture lift is a valuable method for removing skin sutures. We have found, however, that it is easier to use the eye end of the needle in inserting the lift. This blunt end slips under the stitch easily without piercing the skin. We also tie the loose end of the first knot to the loose end of the last knot so that the suture lift can be easily identified. With these two additions to the technique, we have found the time necessary for insertion of the lift markedly reduced.
Etzel CA, Journey RW. REMOVAL OF SKIN SUTURES. JAMA. 1953;153(3):235. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940200057018