BARBARA BATES, M.D.
Early in the 1950's a corn starch derivative rapidly replaced talc as the surgical glove powder of choice in this country (1). This change was brought about by the widely recognized tendency of talc to produce postoperative foreign body reactions in human tissues, manifested most often by sinus formation and most disastrously by granulomatous reactions and adhesions in the peritoneal cavity with resultant bowel obstruction (2, 3). Search began in the early 1940's for a talc substitute, and in 1947 Lee and Lehman (4) reported on the experimentally demonstrable advantages and apparent safety of a corn starch derivative later marketed
BATES B. Granulomatous Peritonitis Secondary to Corn Starch. Ann Intern Med. ;62:335–347. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-62-2-335
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1965;62(2):335-347.
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