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It is simply proposed at this time to record some personal experiences with boric acid in gynecological work. This will necessitate a tolerably free employment of the personal pronoun, for which I trust your pardon will be readily granted.
I was first led to the use of this agent in the manner detailed, in casting about for a substitute for iodoform. After using the latter drug twelve years, surgically and gynecologically, in sundry and divers ways, I was compelled to abandon it by reason of a poisonous effect it produced on my hands. This was a sore grievance, for it seemed at the time as if it meant the relinquishment of my work to a considerable extent. Whenever I suspended the use of iodoform my hands recovered, but every time I took it up again a dermatitis was set up, and exfoliation of the cuticle followed.
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POTTER WW. NOTE ON SOME GYNECIC USES OF BORIC ACID. JAMA. 1889;XIII(2):46–48. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.04440010010003
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