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August 2, 1941


Author Affiliations

Columbia University, New York.

JAMA. 1941;117(5):386. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820310058025

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal, June 28, page 2848, is an article on the injury of a hand with subsequent loss of fingers due to jets of Diesel engine oil impinging on the skin at high pressure.In 1935 Dr. John F. Roberts presented a thesis for the degree of doctor of medical science on infiltration of tissues with medicaments at high pressure. That is not the exact title of the thesis, but it gives the sense.Some time earlier Mr. Arnold Sutermeister, a mechanical engineer in Brooklyn, had a man working for him whose hand was hit by a very fine jet from a defect in a copper pipe carrying Diesel oil at high pressure. There was no immediate pain, and no wound could be seen. The man wiped off the oil and went on with his work. The next day the hand pained and was lanced by

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