Obstetric Memoranda

1877 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
June 2, I877.] THE BRITISH MEDICAL 7OURNAL. 677 a small quantity dropped two or tlhree times daily upon it sufficing for the purpose. A wound thus dressed may be left for weeks without a bandage or pin being removed. Before removal of the dressing, it should be well soaked with terebene for three or four hours. This is done by slowly dropping the terebene all over the surface of the bandage. It -is then removed carefully, layer after layer being divided with the scissors, and fresh terebene is
more » ... fresh terebene is poured on to moisten any parts which have become matted together, when they easily separate. I have never been troubled with any quantity of discharges ; as a rule, the amount is practically nil. If the terebene be frequently applied, there is no unpleasant odour. The advantages of this mode of dressing are these. I. The patient never sees the wound; he is spared the anxiety caused by the anticipation of being dressed, and the bodily shock attendant upon the removal of dressings. 2. The wound is treated antiseptically. 3. The efforts of nature are not interfered %ith by accidental rough removal of dressings. 4. Perfect rest, the treatment for pain, is obtained. 5. Economy of time and labour for surgeon, assistants, and nurses, is secured.
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