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December 22, 1900

Natural Asepsis.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(25):1643. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460510051015

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Socorro, N. M., Dec. 15, 1900.

To the Editor:  —One day last summer I was called to see a country maiden lady, 40 years of age, who had six weeks before, while walking in the barn-lot. stepped on a thorn, which ran through her shoe and into her foot, entering between the metatarso-phalangeal joints of two of the toes. It was poulticed with home-made mixtures for a few days and healed without the slightest suppuration. Four weeks after this a small, hard tumor appeared on top of the foot, pain was also noticed when patient put the foot to the floor. I made a small incision over the tumor and on slight pressure, the thorn came out. Not the slightest indication of pus. Wound of knife healed primarily. The patient then stated, and her reputation for truth is beyond question, that there had never been a drop of pus form

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