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June 23, 1917

A TREATMENT FOR THE SOLITARY FURUNCLE

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(25):1904. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270060312016

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Abstract

Trauma plays a definite rôle in the development of a solitary furuncle, after the primary infection has taken place. This lesion, which is so frequently encountered on the back of the neck of a man, is most common in my experience just at the height of the top of the collar, and located immediately over' the spinous processes in the midline, or over the prominence of the right or left muscle masses—areas in which collar and clothing exert the most pressure. The truth of the foregoing statements would seem to be borne out by the rarity of this malady in women, who treat the back of the neck, as far as dress is concerned, with much more consideration than do men. The proposal of an early abortive treatment is based on this anatomic observation.

On the appearance of the first symptoms, the lesion should be protected with a bunion plaster

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