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August 25, 1975

Still More on Catfish Stings

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Rockport, Md

JAMA. 1975;233(8):864. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260080018013

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To the Editor.—  Previous letters on this subject (231:176, 1975; 232:248, 1975) have failed to mention anything about prevention.My father was an inveterate catfish catcher and always included in his kit two pieces of equipment: a pair of canvas gloves and pliers. Having landed a catfish, he used the gloves to prevent its slipping as he held it. Then the pliers were used to pull out the stings—a simple technique to prevent a troublesome problem.