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July 28, 1951


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Los Angeles

JAMA. 1951;146(13):1219-1220. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670130041011

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Since the last war, there has been a marked shift of skin grafting from the specialist to the general practitioner and general surgeon. The practitioner in the small town is unable to send his smaller burn cases to the city and therefore has to treat them himself. Those who have had little experience in this field are confused by the vast array of literature and unexplained terms of grafting. An attempt is made here to provide a simple means of grafting for physicians practicing in small communities. As many articles have been written on the care of wounds and burns, repetition here would be of little value. To the general practitioner, much of the material written about grafting is either not on hand or unobtainable at the time. For this reason, only the simple dressings are described here.

Any wound can be grafted. However, one is more successful if the

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