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November 2006

Histo-Pathology of Paraffin Prosthesis.

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Arch Dermatol. 2006;142(11):1404. doi:10.1001/archderm.142.11.1404

By Dr. M. L. HEIDINGSFELD, Cincinnati, O.

PARAFFIN prosthesis, although very generally and successfully employed at the present day, must still be regarded as a relatively new departure in the science and practice of medicine.

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Her natural comely appearance and excellent features were disfigured by some unsightly lumps, situated beneath each eye, at the angles of the mouth, and behind each angle of the jaw and upper portion of the neck. These lumps which varied in size from a pea to a large English walnut, were firm, hard on pressure, adherent to the overlying skin, and deeply imbedded in the underlying tissue. Those at the angles of the mouth could be readily outlined through the buccal mucous membrane, and produced the same degree of irregular disfigurement and deformity of the mucous membrane of the mouth as that of the skin. She stated that for a period of almost six months, and one and one-half years prior to the date of her visit, she placed herself in the hands of one of Cincinnati's female beautifiers, or self-styled dermatologists, who by reason of the dereliction of the Ohio State Board of Medical Registration, are freely permitted to practice illegitimate medicine. The quack endeavored to make her more beautiful by filling out the natural hallows under the eyes, at the angles of the mouth, and the upper portion of the neck, with injections of paraffin.