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May 4, 1940

Vorlesungen über Feldchirurgie

JAMA. 1940;114(18):1830. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810180106028

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This booklet, ambitiously called "monograph" by the author, contains a surprising wealth of information based on the experience in the war of 1914-1918. Many statements and principles arbitrarily laid down by the writer will attract attention not only of military surgeons but of every one interested in traumatic surgery. A few examples can be cited here. The antiseptic method of treatment of wounds with tincture of iodine, diluted solution of sodium hypochlorite and aniline dyes is defended by the author. Patients with infected fractures of the femur should not be transported at all, and those with apparently sterile injuries not for one week if the journey requires more than from three to four hours. Dubs's modification of the Thomas splint, employing a leverage and a spring action, provides traction in addition to extension. Emphasis is laid on the necessity of early amputations in compound, badly infected fractures of the femur.

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