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March 1939


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From the Department of Dermatology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, service of Dr. F. E. Senear.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1939;39(3):527-528. doi:10.1001/archderm.1939.01480210142016

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Intramuscular injections for the treatment of syphilis and other diseases are made so frequently in everyday practice that anything which improves their technic should be welcomed. One of two positions, the standing and the recumbent, is usually assumed by the patient for these treatments. Some physicians have the patient lie on his side; more often the patient lies directly on his abdomen.

A third position, sitting, may be employed, and has certain advantages over the others. Up to the present, I have given a large number of injections with the patient seated.

Many of the patients volunteered the statement that such injections are less painful than those made otherwise. Why that should be so is difficult to say, but the situation may be analogous to the one wherein pain occasioned by a burn or trauma, as of the finger, is temporarily relieved by grasping the part and exerting pressure on

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