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May 11, 1901

Adhesive Rubber Dam.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(19):1333-1334. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470190045012

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Chicago, May 6, 1901.

To the Editor:  —Dr. J. B. Murphy, in The Journal for May 4, presents an article entitled "Adhesive Rubber Dam for the Prevention of Possible Infection at the Site of Operation," in which he recommends a device invented by me, i. e., the rubber dam for protection of the skin around the field of operation. Dr. Murphy states that he has used it with gratifying results at Mercy Hospital. Since "imitation is the sincerest kind of flattery," I am accordingly highly pleased to see commendation of my method emanate from an authority so favorably known to the profession. I was somewhat surprised, however, not to find any mention of my work on this subject. After a careful perusal of Dr. Murphy's paper I therefore could but conclude that the Doctor, though he is undoubtedly a diligent reader of current medical literature, is ignorant of my work.

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