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April 4, 1914

The Blister Treatment of Subacromial Bursitis

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JAMA. 1914;LXII(14):1111. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560390051031

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To the Editor:  —Supplementary to the article on "Subacromial Bursitis" by L. W. Littig (The Journal, March 21, 1914, p. 907), I wish to call attention to the excellent results of blistering in this malady. In the first instance, there is a striking similarity, pathologically, between subacromial bursitis and tendosynovitis of the extensors at the wrist. Their frequency is about the same, and both are usually caused by the frictional trauma of overuse or by a direct vulnerating force. In the early stages of both I have practically invariably obtained magical relief by the application of a blister. A square inch of fabric "buttered" with ceratum cantharidis U. S. P., or an equal area of a "ready-to-use" plaster is moistened with olive-oil and applied over the inflamed part. It is covered with a dossil of gauze, which is secured by adhesive plaster. The text-books say to remove the blister in

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