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July 21, 1945

Studies of Burns and Scalds. (Reports of the Burns Unit, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, 1942-43.)

JAMA. 1945;128(12):907-908. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860290069029

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Abstract

This small monograph contains a tremendous amount of clinical information about thermal injuries treated at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary during the years 1942 and 1943. About 400 patients admitted to the hospital are represented; 127 cases are summarized and 30 described in detail. Of the 127 cases, 37 were fatal. Six of them were burns involving 20 per cent of the body or under; in 15 of the fatal cases the burns were of 50 per cent or more of the body surface and death occurred within two days. All were treated locally by gentle débridement and cleansing with a detergent and dressed with a cream containing sulfonamide. Anesthesia was not necessary for this procedure; morphine was used as a routine and proved adequate.

Dr. Robert Cruickshank at the Royal Infirmary at Glasgow showed in 1935 that many infections in burns are caused by hemolytic streptococci, which are contaminants and

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