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January 9, 1967

Chapped Hands

JAMA. 1967;199(2):137. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120020131043

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To the Editor:—  Hail to the masters of serendipity! Let The Journal record, not a great discovery, but a small boon which adds a touch of elegance to everyday office practice and mitigates a common nuisance.Every housewife knows that with the coming of cold weather her chronically wet hands will become rough, red, uncomfortable, and perhaps fissured. The medical practitioner who washes his hands frequently will also find his hands becoming chapped and then he and the houewife alike will engage in the never ending, never successful search for the magic hand cream to end all this.Recently, when my towels became wet and soggy from repeated use in the office, I put one of them on the hot-air instrument sterilizer; this resulted not only in a dry towel but in a wonderful warm towel. The comfort of a warm towel must be experienced to be appreciated; it is