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July 6, 1918


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Youngstown, Ohio.

JAMA. 1918;71(1):59. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600270061020

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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

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