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July 16, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(3):226. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690030058030

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To the Editor:  —Recently I had to treat two patients with hands severely burned by the overturning of a pot of hot sealing wax. What promised to be a very painful and tedious task was made easy by the use of xylene.Absorbent cotton was saturated with xylene and placed over the sealing wax. In a few minutes the wax had softened where it was thinnest and peeled off as the cotton was removed. Over the areas where there was a thicker layer of wax it was necessary to leave the saturated cotton longer and to aid in the removal of the wax by using dressing forceps. In both cases the wax came off without injuring the blistered skin.Both patients were delighted with the results and neither complained of any irritation from the xylene, a common experience when it is used to remove adhesive plaster.This use of xylene

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