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July 24, 1926


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Louisville, Ky.

JAMA. 1926;87(4):242-243. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.92680040003009d

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Many roentgen-ray operators suffer from roentgenographers' nails. These usually present a trophic appearance; they are rough, ridged and dirty. The literature to which I have access does not consider their treatment. The method here described has given me excellent results. It requires patience and perseverance. The hands and nails are cleansed with a soft brush and good soap. The hands are bathed in very hot water, then immersed for a few seconds in very cold water, and rubbed dry with a crash towel. The entire hand is anointed with olive oil and the oil is worked into the nails, especially their corners and edges, by means of an orange-wood stick. This had best be done in the evening, the surplus oil left on the fingers, and a pair of gloves worn during the night. In the morning the hands should be again cleansed, rubbed with olive oil, and

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