All recent reports on gas gangrene in man agree essentially on the increase of this condition in civil life. Following injuries sustained in the World War gas gangrene was common. Today the condition is becoming more important because of the more frequent occurrence of crushing wounds and lacerations following traffic and industrial accidents. While its frequency is difficult to determine accurately, the increasing reports in the literature seem to offer sufficient evidence of its widespread nature.
A recent review1 of the morbidity and mortality due to gas gangrene in New York State exclusive of New York City, while admittedly incomplete, reports 208 hospitalized cases between 1932 and 1936. These cases are placed in four groups: those presenting records positive for gas gangrene clinically and bacteriologically, those presenting records incomplete but with sufficient evidence to be included as gas gangrene, those presenting records that made the diagnosis questionable and those
GAS GANGRENE. JAMA. 1938;111(24):2210–2211. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790500048012