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April 16, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(16):445-446. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391410025010

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Dear Sir:  —I beg the privilege of your pages for the correction of some statements which have of late appeared in various numbers of The Journal, as they concern subjects in which I am especially interested, and which I believe to be of great practical importance.First, as regards the vaginal tampon: In your issue of March 27, 1887, Dr. Etheridge, in an article entitled "Antiseptic Tamponnement of the Vagina in Pelvic Inflammation," page 344, conveys the idea that in my " Dry Treatment," I use medicated cotton throughout for all conditions, and very correctly says that he has found considerable satisfaction from the use of iodine, tannin, iodoform and other prepared cotton tampons in the treatment of pelvic inflammation. Thinking that he had followed out my plan he failed, as he naturally must do as he understood it, and he has now found the antiseptic wool to be the material

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