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March 7, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(10):278-279. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390850026012

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Detroit, Mich., Feb. 17, 1885.

To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association:  In your issue of February 14, there is a review of the 2d edition of my " Manual of Bandaging," signed by "E. W. A." As this review contains statements that are far from the truth, I ask you for the liberty of replying.The reviewer starts with the assertion that the book "is full of references to charpie, plumasseau, gateau, boulette, bourdonnet, cataplasma carbonnis, and other strange and barbaric things which modern surgery has no use for."In reply to this charge, permit me to say that on just three, no more, pages of the book, where their definitions and descriptions are given, do these terms occur; hence this statement of the reviewer is decidedly untruthful. Neither was I aware before that such pharmaceutical terms as "cataplasma carbonis," "charpie," etc., were "barbaric," since these

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