December 22, 1906


Author Affiliations

Assistant Instructor of Surgery in the University of Pennsylvania; Surgeon to the Out-patient Department of St. Agnes Hospital. PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(25):2090-2091. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210250044002a

The usual methods employed in the treatment of osteomyelitis had given such poor results in my own and in the work of others that I was led to try the iodoform plugging recommended by Moorhof. The methods of treating osteomyelitis are practically the same up to the point of filling the cavity.

The methods of filling the cavity are as follows:

  1. With iodoform gauze. This has given very poor results, usually requires numerous operations and too frequently amputation of the limb.

  2. Senn's method of filling the cavity with decalcified bone chips dusted with iodoform powder and allowing it to fill with blood clot. In this method the chips are frequently extruded and the cavity usually becomes infected.

  3. Schede's method of filling the cavity with blood clot has had some success, but the clot very frequently becomes infected and the patient is worse than before the operation.

  4. Neuber's method of tacking

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