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September 29, 1917


Author Affiliations

Captain, Medical Reserve Corps, United States Army; Surgeon, Base Hospital No. 10 FRANCE

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(13):1076-1078. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.25910400001014

It seems to be agreed that the chlorin compounds which have been derived from the old Labarraque's solution have given, in general, the best results in the treatment of the wounds of the present war.1 I do not mean that equally good results have not been obtained by certain workers with hypertonic salt solution, or that equally good results have not been obtained by the proper utilization of the fundamental surgical principle of drainage, without the use of any antiseptic or lymphagogue whatever.

These chlorin-containing solutions, variously known as eusol,2 Dakin's solution and Daufresne's solution, have suffered from two serious faults. They are not particularly stable, and must be prepared with care. Further, these solutions contain so little antiseptic value that they must be frequently renewed in the wound.

The latter fault has been overcome by the methods which have been devised for frequent renewal of the antiseptic

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