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October 1947

USE OF A SOCK AS AN ELBOW DRESSING

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;56(4):535-536. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520100131020

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Abstract

In these days of scarcity of clothing the following suggestion may be received with reproach, but with appropriately worn-out cotton socks, which are of little value and with the principal holes in the toe, the procedure is not too wasteful and the method rather ingenious and useful. It was brought to my attention by a patient with psoriasis principally affecting the elbows. I have used it in a number of instances.

The region of the elbow is not easily bandanged by persons who do not have training in the art, and the usually tapered forearm encourages a poorly applied dressing to slip down. This permits soilage of the clothing by secretions or "dirty" applications. If, however, a sock is drawn up the arm, in reverse to the usual fashion, through an opening formed by cutting off the toe end, and the foot of the sock is pulled above the elbow

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