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To the Editor.—
Dr Thomas Glass' article on the early debridement of pit viper bites (235:2513, 1976) we believed was excellent in its content and clarity, and was most helpful in correcting some earlier widespread misconceptions regarding treatment. We were disappointed, however, in his wide-reaching allegation that recommendations made by physicians for nonmedical first aid were for the purpose of having someone to blame in case of treatment failure.
Ewton MF. Treatment of Snakebite. JAMA. 1976;236(16):1843. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270170009002