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Chicago, Jan. 28, 1901.
To the Editor:
—In regard to abstract No. 121, in the January 19 issue of The Journal (p. 216) I wish to say, without criticizing the author, that I have been using that method ever since it was shown me by Dr. J. A. McDonell, of this city, and it was not original with him. As early as July, 1872, while Dr. McDonell was practicing in Boston, N. Y., an old shoemaker, named Silas Root, witnessed the Doctor trying to sew up an incised wound in a child, and as the child cried from pain this old shoemaker said: "Let me show how to coapt those edges without causing the child any pain." He thereupon took two pieces of shoeleather, shaved the rough parts off, punched holes in the approximating edges and then, by means of shoemaker's wax, attached these two pieces of leather to the
Breakstone BH. Incised Wounds. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(5):336. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470050040018
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