It is more than fifty years since attempts were first made to cure ordinary rupture or inguinal hernia by injecting some irritating fluid into the sac or into the tissues surrounding the neck of the sac.
The method was originally introduced by the regular profession, but it did not take long to demonstrate not only that it was unsuccessful in the majority of cases in so far as effecting a cure was concerned, but also that it was not so free from risk as was at first supposed. While the materials composing the injecting fluids have varied somewhat, according to the fancy of the particular operator, the effect of them all is practically the same, namely, to excite an inflammatory exudate which is expected to block the hernial opening and thus to prevent the descent of the hernia.
As new-formed connective tissue thus excited by means of local irritants is
HARRIS ML. THE PARAFFIN INJECTION TREATMENT OF INGUINAL HERNIA.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(16):1352-1353. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320160030001g