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May 18, 1957

Wire Brush Surgery in the Treatment of Certain Cosmetic Defects and Diseases of the Skin

JAMA. 1957;164(3):350. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980030126033

This monograph presents an inclusive, well-illustrated, and readable summary of the current status of dermabrasion for scarring and other skin changes, with particular reference to scarring following acne. The author has summarized the literature on the subject adequately, and has written his book from a background of personal experience. There is a digest of the anatomic and histopathological principles that bear on the procedure and a detailed outline of the equipment and supplies required, the comparative virtues of ethyl chloride and Freon 114 for producing freezing and local anesthesia, the techniques of the method, postoperative management, complications, indications, and contraindications.

The essential procedures and instruments for carrying out dermabrasion were described in several publications by Kromayer in Germany, in 1905. Curiously enough, his methods appear to have received little or no trial in the United States until the reintroduction of the sand-papering technique in the mid-1940's. This technique had a

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