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May 12, 1917

TREATMENT OF SKIN EROSIONS WITH PARAFFIN

Author Affiliations

Pittsburgh; Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; Surgeon to Western Pennsylvania Hospital

From the Biochemical Laboratory, Western Pennsylvania Hospital.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(19):1404. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270050106010

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Abstract

In the treatment of severe burns, or of acid corrosions, or of wounds that fail to epitheliate, it is advisable to use the paraffin treatment. We have had eminent success with this method of therapy, and we shall describe here how the wax is made and how it is applied.

PREPARATION OF WEST PENN WAX  The ingredients are mixed in these proportions:Paraffin (Gulf Refining Co., Pittsburgh)....70.0 gm.Liquid petrolatum, U. S. P.... 3.0 c.c.White beeswax...10.0 gm.Rosin... 7.0 gm.Resorcin... 0.2 gm.Sudan III... 0.05gm.Alcohol (95 per cent.)...10.0 c.c.The paraffin and the oil arc melted in a casserole over asbestos board, the direct fire being used. The resorcin is dissolved in the alcohol, and added drop by drop to the molten paraffin with constant stirring. The mixture is now heated until all the alcohol has evaporated.

TREATMENT OF BURNS BY MEANS OF WEST PENN WAX 

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