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October 18, 1941


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Merribrooke Farm, Stamford, Conn.

JAMA. 1941;117(16):1378. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820420070033

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To the Editor:—  Dr. Willis C. Campbell and Dr. Hugh Smith in The Journal, August 30, give us another example of a successful method in fresh compound fractures with a long hiatus of failure or worse between the two ends of successful treatment. Medical historians have a special item field in this subject. Our forefathers treated compound fractures successfully with camphor liniment. This method became as thoroughly forgotten as did some features of hydrotherapy, kept alive by practical nurses, highly valuable resources forgotten by regulars and specialists. Some one should present a paper on forgotten resources at some meeting of the profession. When savage operations became the custom in tuberculosis of the neck, I had a whole series going for weekly noting by the class and no operation excepting in late neglected cases with deep abscess already present.

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