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September 1933


Author Affiliations

From the service of Dr. A. O. Singleton, Professor of Surgery, Medical Department University of Texas, John Sealy Hospital, Galveston, Texas.

Arch Surg. 1933;27(3):527-544. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1933.01170090102005

HISTORICAL DATA  Grecian mythology teaches that of all the animals man was the last race created, and in consequence thereof was most poorly endowed with physical gifts. So Prometheus stole fire from the hearthstone of the gods on Mount Olympus and bestowed it as a gift which would set man apart from all other animals. And so it has. But the sword with which civilization was founded is a two-edged one, and since time immemorial the followers of Aesculapius have sought to bring relief to those luckless mortals who have felt its bite.The remedies that have been employed in the treatment of burns are legion. But after all, the treatment of burns has developed along certain paths to reach its present state. At the beginning of 1800 physicians were not so far away from the lard and aromatic oils of Hippocrates, and the first great improvement was the antiseptic

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