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December 1939


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Washington, Pa.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1939;40(6):1001. doi:10.1001/archderm.1939.01490060139015

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I have found a dispenser of "Scotch" cellophane tape to be a handy office adjunct. The dispenser is of the type frequently used in department stores for sealing wrapped packages. The tape is of ½ inch (1.3 cm.) width, and any desired length can be quickly detached by the built-in cutter.

Its two principal uses in my experience have been:

  1. For attaching lead foil shielding to patients' skin prior to giving roentgen treatment. The tape holds firmly for an hour or longer and comes away readily, leaving no gummy deposit on the skin.

  2. For holding two pads of cotton in place and making a satisfactory eye shield for use during ultraviolet irradiation.

It is not a satisfactory substitute for ordinary adhesive tape for dressings, however, since it tends gradually to separate from moist or uneven surfaces.

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