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For two years the writer has employed a spray of pure hot vaseline, medicated with menthol, iodoform and ol. eucalyptus, singly or in combination, in the treatment of laryngeal and pulmonary phthisis, with results which warrant him in describing the method with some detail and in asking a trial of it at the hands of other practitioners.
The employment of fluid cosmoline is best avoided, because it is frequently irritating and somewhat gummy, while the translucent, semi-solid product of the Chesebrough Mfg. Co. is pure, unchangeable and perfectly bland.
In order to conveniently warm and spray this vaseline the atomizer figured above was devised, which being charged, is held over a lamp or other source of heat until the contents are thoroughly liquefied and the nozzle has become as warm as can be conveniently borne by the patient, an essential point which is believed to contribute much towards a successful
SMITH H. ON THE TREATMENT OF LARYNGEAL AND PULMONARY PHTHISIS BY A SPRAY OF HOT VASELINE IN CONJUNCTION WITH MENTHOL AND IODOFORM. JAMA. 1888;XI(12):413–414. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400640017002b
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