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July 1962

A New Simplified Device for Intralesional Tattoo Therapy

Author Affiliations


Clinical Instructor in Dermatology, Boston University School of Medicine; Assistant in Dermatology at Massachusetts Memorial Hospitals; Assistant Physician in Dermatology at Mt. Auburn Hospital.

Arch Dermatol. 1962;86(1):78-79. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590070084016

In 1960, an inexpensive instrument used for tuberculin testing was brought to my attention by Dr. Melvin Rodman, then president of the Cambridge Tuberculosis Association. The instrument, known as the Sterneedle Gun, was developed as a rapid, painless, multiple-puncture apparatus for intradermal tuberculin testing. The gun is based upon the Heaf principle of multiple puncture (Figure). Six needles contained within a Sterneedle circular metal cartridge "painlessly" penetrate the skin through a previously applied film of medication or allergen. The intradermal penetration of approximately 1 mm. forms a circle of 6 punctures. The needles, introduced by a spring, retract immediately when pressure is released on the gun handle. The cartridge heads may be autoclaved or thrown away.

In this study, 22 private patients were observed for as long as 1 year (in one case, longer).

The materials used in the study, kindly supplied by the manufacturers, were:

Triamcinolone (Aristocort diacetate) 25

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