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March 29, 1947


Author Affiliations

U.SN.R. Dispensary, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, N. H.

JAMA. 1947;133(13):963. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880130063024

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To the Editor:—  The paper entitled "Use of 5-Nitro-2-Furaldehyde Semicarbazone in Dermatology" (The Journal, February 1) aroused great interest here, especially in view of our unfortunate first experience with Furacin Soluble Dressing.The patient was a white man who had no known allergy and who had never exhibited any skin sensitivity. He had sustained a fracture of the calcaneus several months previously. An area of pressure necrosis about the medial malleolus had developed from the cast, and the resulting infected ulcer was extremely slow to heal, little improvement having been obtained from local penicillin. Furacin dressings had finally been used, and a clean granulating base, suitable for grafting, had developed in ten days. The pinch grafts yielded approximately a 50 per cent take, Furacin having been used on all dressings subsequent to grafting.At this point, in September 1946, the patient was consigned to care at this activity with the

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