What is the best method of removing particles of black powder or coal, or their stains, from the skin of the face? Where can I find in literature a description of the technique of their removal?
Can I truthfully promise my patient a satisfactory result? I would like a reply to these questions through the pages of this journal.
T. J. WEST, M. D.
COMMENT.—In different cases, different methods have been advised for the removal of powder after an explosion, or after having been blown into the skin. I would like the readers to reply fully to this request from their own experiences. Once in my early practice, I applied a large poultice of ulmus over the entire face, when it had been blown full of powder the day before. Suppuration around each particle took place. I then washed the suppuration surfaces with an antiseptic wash and obtained perfect results. I have not had just such a recent case since, in which to apply this method and have never heard of any one else using a similar course.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 3, 1909, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.