The advantages of the epidermal Ollier-Thiersch graft for the covering of raw external surfaces and the replacement of denuded mucous membranes of the mouth and nose have long been recognized in the field of plastic surgery.
In the care of patients on whom this method of grafting was used, I frequently noted that the greatest discomfort came from the area from which the epidermal graft had been cut. The removal of the protecting epidermal skin layer exposed the sensitive terminal nerve filaments and corpuscles to direct trauma and stimulation, resulting in a markedly tender area.
The use of petrolatum dressings, wet boric acid dressings or protective paraffin dressings to these areas had given only fair success. Ordinary contact with bedclothes was more or less painful. If through infection or soiling of the dressing a change was necessary, it was carried out with extreme pain to the patient.
In the care
Maddock WG. THE USE OF A TANNIC ACID DRESSING FOR OLLIERTHIERSCH GRAFT BEDS. JAMA. 1931;97(2):102. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.27310020004010c
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