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June 5, 1954


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Colonial Hotel Bldg. Irvine, Ky.

JAMA. 1954;155(6):597. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690240063030

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To the Editor:  —I have devised a simple way of carrying a small sterile hypodermic syringe with a needle ⅝ in. long or less. I put a pledget of absorbent cotton in the bottom of a test tube (13 mm. inside diameter and 7.5 to 9 cm. long), and then I put a few drops of alcohol or other sterilizing solution on the cotton. Next, I put a smaller cotton pledget in the rubber bulb of a medicine dropper, saturate it with the same sterilizing solution, and push this bulb into the bottom of the test tube. The needle (attached to the syringe) and part of its hub are inserted into the rubber bulb; the needle should be twisted a little as it enters. If the test tube is to meet with hard usage, a turn or two of cellophane (Scotch) tape around its open end will help to prevent

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