To Stiffen Surgical Dressings.

Take celluloid collars and cuffs that have been worn out and discarded, put them in a stoppered jar and pour on a little ether. This will dissolve them completely. This solution, which should be kept closely stoppered, will be found of excellent service to apply to bandages, with which to stiffen them. It should be painted on to the bandages by means of a brush.

W. J. KIDD, M. D.

COMMENT: I wish the doctor had been a little more explicit in telling us whether the liquid should be applied to each layer as the bandages are applied, or to the whole after the entire bandage is on, or why could not the bandage be soaked in the solution and so applied. This solution will be found to be very combustible, and must be kept from fire.

Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 3, 1909, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.