To the Editor:
—In The Journal of January 19, under the head of " Original Articles," appears a well written article by C. S. Muscroft, M.D., of Cincinnati, viz.: " Results in Eleven Cases of a New Method for Arresting Bleeding in Surgical Operations," a paper read before the Section of Surgery, A. M. A., 1888.In December, 1859, the late Sir James Y. Simpson, in a communication to the Royal Medico-Chirurgical Society, of Edinburgh, presented the same method of hæmostasis, under the name of " acupressure."Does Dr. Muscroft mean by calling his method new, that it is not " acupressure " applied; not after the operation, in the flap, but before the flap is made? Is it not Simpson's "acupressure," improved by Muscroft? I do not wish to criticise, but ask for information. Respectfully,Council Bluffs, Iowa.