HAROLD C. WAGNER, M.D.; FRANCIS M. RACKEMANN, M.D.
In a former study of kapok ("silk floss") we1 showed that a considerable number of patients with asthma have been relieved of their symptoms simply by eliminating kapok from the environment. We pointed out that the fibers of new kapok, freshly removed from the pod, have a high luster and resiliency; that extracts of them rarely give skin tests; that this kapok fresh and new, does little harm. Old kapok, however, which has been used as the stuffing of pillows, mattresses, and furniture, for some time, has a dull appearance. The fibers are dry and brittle, and readily break down
WAGNER HC, RACKEMANN FM. AN ARTICLE CONTRIBUTED TO AN ANNIVERSARY VOLUME IN HONOR OF DOCTOR JOSEPH HERSEY PRATT: KAPOK AND MOLDS: AN IMPORTANT COMBINATION1. Ann Intern Med. 1937;11:505–513. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-11-3-505
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