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February 17, 1945

SECONDARY CLOSURE OF DECUBITUS ULCERS WITH THE AID OF PENICILLIN

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

JAMA. 1945;127(7):396. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.92860070001008

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Abstract

Much has been published concerning the care and healing of decubitus ulcers in recent years, but, as far as can be determined, no reports of the successful closure of decubitus ulcers either in areas of normal sensation or in areas of anesthesia have so far appeared in the literature.

REPORT OF CASE  A private first class aged 22 while on duty in the North Pacific Theater on Oct. 13, 1943 was accidentally injured, the back wheels of a heavy truck running directly over the lower part of his back. Following the accident the patient suffered immediate paralysis below his waist. He was unable to void urine, and a catheter was put in the bladder. The patient was found to have a compression fracture of the twelfth dorsal vertebra with some posterior dislocation of this and the tenth and eleventh vertebrae. He suffered other contusions and abrasions and in

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