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July 26, 1884

Simple Absorbent Cotton Versus the "Antiseptic Pad and Dressing."

JAMA. 1884;III(4):101. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390530017004

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—We have lately been informed by the British Medical Journal, June 14, 1884, of an antiseptic pad, manufactured by an American house in London. It is said to have the advantage over the ordinary sponge, in that it absorbs readily without having been previously wetted, and its absorbent power is said to be sixteen times its own weight. It consists of concentric layers of absorbent cotton and cocoa-nut fibre within a covering of gauze. An antiseptic substance is enclosed in a friable capsule in the centre.

Two names of prominent men are associated with this " pad," and yet we feel certain that the reflecting practitioner will consign such a device to the general category of " liver " and other "pads." What special advantage it can afford, except to the manufacturer, over the simple absorbent cotton, we certainly fail to see; and we refer to it only in order to extol the

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