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August 1999

Computers or Simple Wound Measurements: When Greek Meets Greek, Then Comes the Tug-of-War!

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Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(8):992-994. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-135-8-dlt0899

The title proverb, "When Greek meets Greek, then comes the tug-of-war," is from the novel The Rival Queens by Nathaniel Lee (1655-1692) and refers to any contest between 2 sides of equal strength. As illustrated in the present article, computers can be as accessible and economical as simple wound measurement techniques.

I read with interest and appreciation the article by Kantor and Margolis,1 who compared computer-based planimetry with simple wound measurements. They have concluded that computers are high-technology methods of wound measurement, suitable only for clinical research and not accessible to health care providers. Hence, they conclude that computers are unsuitable for routine use in the clinical setting. Recently, however, our own research in Manipal, India, on cutaneous lesions and wound measurement with computer software2,3 has revealed that computers may be used to measure irregularly shaped ulcers with precision and rapidity, avoiding both wound contamination and patient discomfort.

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