[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
January 28, 1911


Author Affiliations

Chief of Out-Patient Medical Department of the Jefferson Medical College Hospital PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1911;LVI(4):263. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560040031014

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


Such a frequent and simple procedure as the removal of adhesive plaster from the skin of a patient is not infrequently accompanied by considerable pain and discomfort. Especially is this true if the plaster has been placed over hairy surfaces, or if the hair has grown subsequent to the application of the plaster. The usual methods of aiding the removal of the plaster by the use of benzin, alcohol and peroxid of hydrogen are not particularly effectual while, in themselves, these agents often add to the patient's discomfort.

I discovered by accident that oil of wintergreen when applied to adhesive plaster removed completely the adhesive elements in a very short time and since that time I have found this agent a most useful one for this purpose. It is necessary only to use a small amount of the oil, which is applied directly to the plaster and easily spreads itself

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview