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September 26, 1903

PARAFFIN INJECTED SUBCUTANEOUSLY FOR THE CORRECTION OF NASAL AND OTHER DEFORMITIES.

Author Affiliations

ASSISTANT SURGEON, MANHATTAN EYE AND EAR HOSPITAL. NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(13):773-777. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490320013001b
Abstract

HISTORY.  "To Dr. J. Leonard Corning of New York belongs the credit of first experimenting along the lines of subcutaneous injection of oils"; and, although applied to an entirely different purpose to that which paraffin is now devoted, yet of much import, since it was demonstrated that sterilized oils could be used subcutaneously, without resultant inflammation. Following this same idea, directed in a different channel, Gersuny of Vienna, in 1900, published an article stating that melted vaselin, when injected into a yielding tissue, forms a small tumor which remains in situ, causing no appreciable reaction. He used this method to overcome the deformity resulting from castration, blemishes due to cavities, depressed scars, and also for narrowing orifices.Drs. Lynch and Heath appear to be the pioneers in America in the use of subcutaneous injection of paraffin for the correction of nasal deformities.

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