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February 19, 1944


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and the Cincinnati General Hospital.

JAMA. 1944;124(8):486-487. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850080014004

Current medical military reports reveal that heat burns constitute one of the most serious problems to manage in the present war. From past and present experiences we know that these cases are no less difficult to treat in civilian practice. It is not inconceivable that such injuries of this category will occur in large numbers from sabotage, in industry producing ammunition and inflammable materials and may even result from enemy bombing. These possibilities should excite the interest of every physician regarding the treatment of the burned patient. Further, it might be a sagacious plan for every hospital throughout our land to develop a definite program utilizing a "burn team" which would facilitate the handling of these cases. Many hospitals have already instituted such measures.

A burn represents thermal injury to the skin and underlying tissues. Such injuries have been classified by most observers as being first, second and third degree.

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