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June 3, 1944

Rose & Carless Manual of Surgery

JAMA. 1944;125(5):389. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850230069030

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Again the effect of the war is noticeable in this seventeenth edition of a well known textbook. The stereotypy and triteness of description have largely disappeared. This is due as much to the destruction of plates and illustrations of somewhat venerable age by the physical inroads of war as to other causes. The healthy result of this débridement is again apparent. Also the war has disclosed numerous faults in surgical teaching which had to be remedied of dire necessity. An example is the disappearance of that old bugaboo of the student, Curling's ulcer. It is dismissed as follows: "Duodenal ulceration is a rare complication of infected burns and it was not met with in the Navy in the first world war." How many books published long after 1918 carried fulsome details of this complication? However, tannic acid and triple dyes are recommended for the treatment of burns; both methods have

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