April 30, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXX(18):1033-1034. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440700025001i

The Journal of Dec. 12, 1896, p. 1226, contained an article by W. E. Shaw, M.D., of Cincinnati, on the "Conservative Treatment for Carbuncle." My own observations have been so entirely different from the teachings of this article that I am constrained to make a most decided protest against this plan of no treatment, or next to none, of this most formidable disease.

It was the fortune of the writer, in the autumn of 1865, to suffer from a large and most painful carbuncle, located centrally on the back, overlapping both scapulæ, which was aggravated by attending to professional duties for a week after the disease had made its appearance, not only at home but during the same time making three trips in a buggy a distance of twenty-two miles, returning home in the evening much chilled. By this time I was obliged to go to bed and remain there

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