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February 6, 1954


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JAMA. 1954;154(6):534. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940400072023

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To the Editor:—  The paper by Kurtin (Corrective Surgical Planing of Skin, A. M. A. Arch. Dermat. & Syph.58:389-397 [Oct.] 1953) elicits some comments. Credit should be given to Dr. Kurtin for having reintroduced a method that has certain usefulness, but that has been known for over 30 years. It was Kromayer ("Die Behandlung der kosmetischen Hautleiden unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der physikalischen Heilmethoden und der narbenlosen Operationsweisen," Leipzig, Georg Thieme, 1929, p. 15) who described this method that consists of freezing the skin with ethyl chloride and the subsequent use of various sizes of dental burrs mounted on a motordriven flexible cord. This method is known to most Europeans (Volk, R., und Winter, F.: "Lexikon der kosmetischen Proxix," Berlin, Springer-Verlag, 1936, p. 545) and to a good many American dermatologists. Its usefulness was proved in the treatment of keloids, pigmented nevi, freckles, lentigines, tattoos, Berlocque dermatitis, and superficial

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