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January 30, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(5):438-439. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570310058023

Precisely as the European conflict has developed hitherto unused and unexpected methods of warfare, so it has brought with it new problems in military surgery and new aspects of surgical bacteriology. In previous issues of The Journal1 we have published foreign correspondence indicating the peculiar nature of some of the wounds encountered and referring to some of the characteristics of the suppurations and wound infections and their consequences following the injuries received on the battlefields. The detailed reports2 of some of the bacteriologic investigations which have been conducted in the French hospitals furnish an interesting account of the microbial flora of the wounds in this campaign, and serve alike to explain some of the consequences and to indicate the surgical procedures that may be called for in the management of the wounded on the French and Belgian frontiers. Examinations made in Metchnikoff's laboratory3 in Paris indicate that

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