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November 1953

SEVERE BURN TREATED WITH CORTISONE AND WITHOUT SKIN GRAFTING

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IRVINGTON, N. J.

AMA Arch Surg. 1953;67(5):769-770. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1953.01260040780017
Abstract

IN THE following case report a new method of burn treatment without skin grafting is described. This method is believed very valuable because pain is quickly allayed, recovery prompt, and scarring minimized.

REPORT OF A CASE  On June 11, 1952, a housewife's dress caught fire while she was making supper, and the dress was half consumed before the flames were extinguished with a blanket. Medical care was started within 15 minutes of the accident. Morphine sulfate, I/2 grain (30 mg.), was given intramuscularly, and 1I/2 lb. (0.7 kg.) of an ointment was applied to the burned area,1 which included the entire upper left limb from fingertips to shoulder and over 60% of the left torso, anteriorly and posteriorly, and also the entire left buttock and one-half of the right buttock, one-third of right lower sacroiliac area, and the entire left thigh down to the knee joint. Penicillin, 600,000 units,

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