The frequency of minor injuries warrants more attention to their treatment than, as a rule, is given. The danger of severe infection from the most trivial wounds warrants our closest attention to this class of injuries.
During the last two years, my records show that I have treated on an average about one thousand minor injuries each year. Among these I have seen some of the most grave cases of infection arise from trivial accidents, so insignificant that those who were afflicted did not think it worth while to go to the surgeon's office and have them cared for, until they found that instead of repairing, they were getting worse, and oftentimes when they would apply for treatment they had already suffered from chill, and septic infection had set in.
A patient who is now convalescing in the Wyoming General Hospital will illustrate this subject. A young man, in the
REED RH. TREATMENT OF MINOR TRAUMATISMS.. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(10):588–592. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610100010001b