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September 1961


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1402 Spruce St. Philadelphia 2, Pa.

Arch Dermatol. 1961;84(3):515. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580150161044

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To the Editor:—  I well recall, and you may too, that the old style of comedo extractor had a stylet on one end for punching an acne pustule before its contents were pressed out. From 1922 to 1934 I was associated in practice with Dr. Jay F. Schamberg, and on numerous occasions I heard him say that the reason he had devised the comedo extractor that goes by his name, was that he disapproved of cutting the acne pustules as he felt that this increased scar formation. If necessary he would at times sharpen an applicator stick to a fine point and dilate the pustule slightly before pressing out the contents rather than make an incision. I believe that if Dr. Schamberg were living today that he would not approve of the modification of his comedo extractor suggested by Dr. Leonard E. Savitt in the April number of the Archives

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