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March 25, 1916


Author Affiliations

Chief Surgeon, Chicago Elevated Railroads CHICAGO

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(13):939-940. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580390009003

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It is essential to give a summary of the various surgical dressings experimented with in order to convey the extent of the author's research work during the past two years.


Plain Surgical Gauze.  —For the treatment of open wounds presenting raw surfaces the plain gauze of narrow mesh is preferable to gauze of wide mesh as commonly used today for surgical dressings. The narrow mesh does not present wide apertures through which the granulations will grow, and when removed, the granulations are less interfered with. The absorbing quality of the narrow mesh is superior to that of a wider mesh. The gauze of wide mesh, owing to the width of apertures between the threads, permits the granulating tissue to extend upward and overlap the threads, so that in removal of the dressings the granulations are lacerated with the oozing of blood, and pain is caused to

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