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December 12, 1908

Subcutaneous Hydrocarbon Protheses.

JAMA. 1908;LI(24):2083. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540240071030

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Abstract

The author reviews the literature, selects from it such data as he deems necessary for a full presentation of the methods of paraffin prothesis now in use, and combines with them the results of his own experience. He warns against striving for the unattainable; a surgeon can not remodel malformations as a sculptor would clay. He cautions against filling out defects such as saddle-nose at one sitting, stating that the work must be done slowly, giving the injections time to adjust themselves to the tissues before others are attempted. He gives in semitabular form a list of difficulties and dangers to be looked for and avoided, and enumerates the untoward results which are liable to follow imperfect technic. There are several half-tone illustrations showing conditions "before and after," and a complete bibliography is appended.

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