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November 16, 1907

Treatment of Burns.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(20):1692. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530200050016

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Denver, Oct. 24, 1907.

To the Editor:  —In reading the article in The Journal, September 7, page 863, on "Treatment of Burns," my attention was called to the number of picric acid formulas recommended. I was also reminded of my own personal experience with the use of this compound after a severe bromin burn and the excruciating pain it caused me to suffer. After several dressings of picric acid solution on gauze strips, with as many periods of torture thereby induced, I decided to use some agent which was both antiseptic and anesthetic. Carbolic acid was, of course, one of the first to be thought of, but discarded because of its tendency to produce gangrene. It was then that liquor cresolis comp. was tried with the most gratifying results. Since then, some twelve years past, I have had many occasions to employ it, and whether the burn was due to

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