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June 21, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(25):900-902. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410250020002

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Treatment of Anthrax.  Dr. Polaillon finds that the best method of treating anthrax is by means of caustic applications, and of these he finds the paste of Canquoin the most manageable and efficacious. The paste consists of chloride of zinc I part, wheat flour 2 parts, and water in sufficient quantity to make a firm paste, which should be made up in the form of bacilli and hardened by drying. When the anthrax is in process of suppuration and when the skin has been perforated at several points the bacilli are pushed into the core through these openings. In a few hours the core forms a solid mass separated from the healthy tissues by a zone of cauterized tissue, and in a few days this eschar sloughs off, leaving in its place a granulating surface which rapidly cicatrizes. When the core begins to form and appears only by a

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