This dressing was, I believe, first suggested by Langlebert, who, in a paper published in 1889, spoke very highly of its advantages and briefly described the following incident occurring in the practice of his father some years before, which led to its adoption. An attractive young woman called upon the elder Langlebert, seeking treatment for a severe intercostal neuralgia. Upon examination the principal area of sensitiveness proved to be in and about the left breast. She accompanied her petition for relief by the request that no blister or other form of local application be used, which would disfigure or permanently discolor the skin of that particular region. He therefore applied to the breast an impervious dressing of cottonwool and rubber tissue in the manner already described. Three weeks later, the patient returned with the report that the pain had entirely disappeared. On removing the dressing, however, to the great surprise of the doctor, and still greater surprise and mortification of the patient, it was found that the once shapely and well-developed gland had almost completely atrophied.
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