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The suggestion I oiler may not be new; in any event, I submit it for what it is worth. The illustration is sufficient without description. I find it less painful and more satisfactory than the usual forceps-and-scissor process.
Pennington JR. A SUGGESTION FOR REMOVING SUTURES. JAMA. 1912;LIX(13):1193. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090437019