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To the Editor:
—A short article with illustration, entitled "Protective Device in Nose and Throat Work," by Dr. W. N. Lipscomb of Lexington, Ky., appeared in The Journal, April 11, 1925. About fifteen years ago the surgical supply houses were carrying glass shields for just such work as is now under discussion. The catalogue price seemed excessive to me, as I desired to install such a device in my service as attending otolaryngologist to Seton Hospital, this city, whose 500 beds were devoted to the care of the tuberculous poor exclusively, and some other means toward the end desired was sought. Two 4 foot lengths of gas pipe were assembled, of such bore that one would telescope into the other. The hospital carpenter was instructed to fix the larger piece of piping to a weighted box mounted on small wheels. The smaller piece of piping was bent to a right
Van Wagenen CD. "PROTECTIVE DEVICE IN NOSE AND THROAT WORK". JAMA. 1925;84(17):1289–1290. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660430047030
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