In 1937 there were almost 8,000 deaths from fire in the United States. Forty-five per cent of lethal burns are in children under 6 years of age, and in Penberthy's1 series of 493 cases at the Children's Hospital in Detroit it was found that 80 per cent of these should be considered avoidable. We, as physicians, should take a prominent part in a program of safety education directed toward preventing this needless loss of life.
It is now fifteen years since Davidson2 began his revolutionary work on burns while he was resident surgeon at the Henry Ford Hospital. This period marked the inception of a method of treatment which many of us believe is the best available at the present time, but more significant was the sudden arousal of interest in the subject of burns among physicians throughout this country and abroad. The number of papers on burns
McCLURE RD. THE TREATMENT OF THE PATIENT WITH SEVERE BURNS: CLINICAL LECTURE AT ST. LOUIS SESSION. JAMA. 1939;113(20):1808–1812. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.72800450003009
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