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November 22, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(21):1612. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.26120470002013a

It is often desirable to outline a figure on the skin, but it is not always easy to do so. A skin pencil is not always available, and one, even of the best quality, marks the skin with some difficulty. According to a method suggested by Béclère,1 the spot to be marked is wiped off with a bit of cotton wet with gasoline. This moistened surface can then very readily be marked with a "paper pencil." This method has the objection that gasoline must be at hand, and also that on an inflamed or broken surface this preliminary application of gasoline is irritating or painful. A much simpler method, without the objection of irritation, is to moisten the surface with water from a cotton sponge, and then use an ordinary copying pencil. The lead of a copying pencil marks with ease on the moistened skin. With this method it

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