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[Dr. Welch and Dr. Bevan request the publication of the following letter, which is a reply to the one appearing in The Journal, November 17, page 1727. A reply by Dr. A. T. McCormack is postponed till next week through lack of space.—Ed.]
—Thank you for your letter about the Carrel treatment of wounds, in which I am much interested.I had the opportunity a year ago at Compiègne to observe the method and results of this treatment, and was most favorably impressed, as every one who has been there is. There can be no question that Carrel deserves the credit— and a very considerable credit this is—of recalling the attention of surgeons to the possibility of the sterilization of infected wounds by chemical means. The idea is, of course, not new, but is the original listerian one. That the Carrel-Dakin procedure actually accomplishes such sterilization sufficiently
Welch WH. THE CARREL-DAKIN TREATMENT. JAMA. 1917;LXIX(23):1994. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590500076029