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April 16, 1910

Gutta-Percha Tissue in Surgery

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Auburn, N. Y.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(16):1325. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550420049010

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To the Editor:  —The article in The Journal, March 19, 1910, by Dr. Jacob Frank on "Gutta-Percha Tissue in Surgery," is very useful and suggestive. I venture to add a few points regarding this substance which seem to have escaped his notice.Dr. Frank makes the epigrammatic distinction between rubber and gutta-percha that "though one is elastic the other is plastic." Yet I cannot find in his article any evidence that he has utilized the plastic qualities of this substance. These are developed by heat. Under warmth, layers and folds of gutta-percha tissue stick together and fuse into a nearly homogeneous mass—which on cooling does not, like rubber, remain sticky, but resumes its normal state of glossy stiffness.For many years I have been availing myself of this quality of gutta-percha tissue. In its simpler forms it may be used to cause folds of tissue to adhere thus avoiding pins

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