H. O. REIK, M. D.
JAMA. 1906;XLVII(20):1652-1653. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210200048002a.
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I. ASEPTIC PROTECTIVE SHEET FOR MASTOID SURGERY.  One of the important problems confronting the aural surgeon is the maintenance of strict asepsis of the mastoid wound without unduly disfiguring the patient, even temporarily, by extensive removal of hair. The practice of different operators, as regards the preparation of the field for a mastoid operation, varies from removal of only a small amount of hair immediately surrounding the area to be opened, to a close shaving of the entire head. I have never felt justified in exposing an extensive area of the scalp, except in a premeditated brain investigation, and yet, in my efforts to save the patient from unnecessary loss of hair, I have frequently been sorely troubled by hairs encroaching on the wound at a critical stage of the operation.In preparing for a simple mastoidectomy it has been my custom to have the scalp shaved for a distance


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