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November 3, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(10):707. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860440055019

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To the Editor:—  Referring to a communication of mine published in The Journal, August 4, under the heading "Early Healing in Chronic Osteomyelitis and Compound Fractures," I have just received a letter from Col. Leonard T. Peterson, M. C., U. S. Army, on duty in the Surgeon General's Office.Dr. Peterson calls my attention to the fact that early work along the lines I discuss was done in the Mediterranean theater by Col. E. D. Churchill, who was making some use of secondary closure in compound fracture wounds. The second point to which Colonel Peterson calls attention is that Capt. E. M. Burgess was preceded in the use of skin graft for earlier closing of such wounds by Major Robert P. Kelly, chief of the orthopedic section at Ashford General Hospital, White Springs, W. Va. Colonel Peterson says that Major Kelly discussed this method at our meeting of the American

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