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To the Editor:
—Comment on the article on paraffin paper for surgical dressings by Dr. Charles M. Harpster, Toledo, Ohio, in The Journal for June 8: I tried this method of dressing wounds in 1908 and discarded it because of the imperforate character and allowing poor drainage. I found, however, that if this wax paper was perforated every quarter of an inch with a No. 4 eyelet punch (which can be bought very cheap in any hardware store and some twenty thicknesses of paper can be perforated at one punch) it served the purpose admirably. I reported my experience at the meeting of the American Association of Railway Surgeons in October, 1910. This perforated paper has been used very extensively in the Youngstown Hospital and is a cheap and durable dressing. It allows ample drainage and ample protection to granulation and is not removed from the wound until the wound
Booth CC. PARAFFIN PAPER FOR SURGICAL DRESSINGS. JAMA. 1918;71(1):59. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.02600270061020
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