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December 14, 1895

The Sun Glass as a Cautery.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(24):1056. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430500042018

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Washington, D. C., Dec. 10, 1895.

To the Editor:  —I notice in the last issue of the Journal, a reference to the use of the sun glass as an actual cautery. Permit me to call attention to the fact that this is one of the oldest cauteries. Pliny, writing in the first century, Book XXXVIII, chap. 10, (Bohn's edition), says:"I find it stated by medical men that the very best cautery for the human body is a ball of crystal acted on by the rays of the sun."It is unfortunate that Pliny forbore to give his authority for I can find no other reference to this method of cautery in the ancient writings that I have consulted. Perhaps some of the learned readers of the Journal may inform us.Truly yours,

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