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June 6, 1953

HEPARIN AND SYMPATHETIC NERVE BLOCK IN FROSTBITE

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Kokkola, Finland.

JAMA. 1953;152(6):551. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690060067027

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —In The Journal (149:1199 [July 26] 1952), Edwards and Leeper published a paper "Frostbite: An Analysis of Seventy-One Cases." The summary of that article contains the statement, "The use of sympathicolytic drugs in the acute stage seemed to have no effect on the outcome. Anticoagulants would appear to deserve a more thorough trial, and more data may help in the question of rapid versus slow thawing." I have successfully treated two severe cases of frostbite by the methods described by these authors.On Jan. 4, 1950, when the temperature was 28 C, a guard, aged 46, from Kokkola came to me for treatment. His left foot had been frozen that evening; he came to the outpatient department two and one-half hours after the foot was frozen. Before he came to the hospital, his foot had been thawed and massaged at the Kokkola railway station. On admission,

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