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March 12, 1955


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JAMA. 1955;157(11):947. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950280071024

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To the Editor:—  The article "A Medical Treatment for Stasis Ulcers" in the Jan. 1, 1955, issue of The Journal, page 27, states, "Chronic, nonspecific ulcers of the leg, commonly called stasis ulcers or varicose ulcers, have presented a difficult therapeutic problem for many years." The author lists many types of treatment which have been used for "stasis ulcers" in the past and concludes that "none has offered more than fair results." He then presents a well-documented study describing the use of antibiotic powders for these ulcers. It is an excellent paper, and it stimulates much-needed interest in this field. This subject deserves further comment because the problems it presents are so prevalent.There has been a great tendency in recent years to lump all ulcers of the leg into one category and attempt one type of treatment for all. Every ulcer has a specific, although perhaps not readily apparent,

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