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January 18, 1919

BLOOD-CLOT DRESSING IN MASTOIDECTOMYMODIFIED TECHNIC WHICH ASSURES PRIMARY PAINLESS HEALING WITHOUT DEFORMITY—PRELIMINARY REPORT

JAMA. 1919;72(3):169-171. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610030015004
Abstract

I wish to add my observations and experience to those of Blake, Reik, Holmes and others in perfecting the technic of the blod-clot dressing in mastoidectomy, a method, I feel, that is destined to revolutionize the after-treatment of mastoiditis.

Recently in a historical review of the institutes of surgery, Sir Berkeley Moynihan1 observed that "a discovery is rarely the work of one mind. It is one observation added to another that makes the supersaturated solution from which the crystal of truth at last precipitates." This observation was evoked by an allusion to the respective share or credit of Lister and Pasteur for the discovery of the antiseptic system. Moynihan added that "Lister never ceased to give credit to Pasteur for his share in the work that led finally to the development of the antiseptic method."

The foregoing citation is peculiarly apropos to the theme of my text, since the

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