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Amesbury, Mass., June 28, 1903.
To the Editor:—The subject embraced in the above title is one that I have not seen discussed in medical journals. I have no desire to act the part of the carping critic in considering modern methods of surgery; I am quite ready to acknowledge the wonderful progress made by the masters of the knife in the last forty years. To an old-time military surgeon the present results in treatment of wounds seem little less than a miracle. I have spent many hours removing maggots from suppurating stumps after operations, so that the dry antiseptic dressing seems like a page from a fairy tale.
The old-time surgeon had certain qualifications for which he should be given credit. He was a rapid operator. Prior to ether and chloroform the length of time required for an operation weighed heavily in the scale of results. Shock was rated
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