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August 27, 1904


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JAMA. 1904;XLIII(9):608. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500090003

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Introduction.  —I am able to report this case through the kindness of Dr. A. Leenhouts, under whose care I saw the patient. This report is added to an already long list of cases, not because of its rarity or its unusual features, but because some physicians are still unaware of the danger in using carbolic acid as a dressing and in the hope that through their physicians' knowledge the laity may understand how to avoid the needless destruction of fingers and toes by this poison.

History.  —G. H. R., age 15, male, schoolboy. The patient has always been a strong, healthy boy. On July 4, 1904, he was washing dishes and cut the little finger of the right hand by a piece of glass. There had been a case of tetanus in the town and, on the following morning, the boy's sister, fearful of "blood poisoning," applied a

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