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June 1, 1918


Author Affiliations


From the Mayo Clinic.

JAMA. 1918;70(22):1581-1584. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600220003002

At no time in the world's history have there been under treatment so many persons injured and crippled as now. As a great majority of these are suffering from infected wounds, frequently with a great deal of sloughing and destruction of extensive areas of skin and superficial tissues, anything that will tend to hasten healing and cover raw surfaces will be a great benefit to the patient, and a great saving in time and money.

Much has been done in the way of simplifying dressings, and in the control of infection by the scientific application of time-honored surgical principles, and the introduction of antiseptics that have a maximum bactericidal action and a minimum destructive action on the tissues. I shall not, however, dwell on the treatment of wounds or on the majorn surgical operations indicated, but shall confine myself to the final stage of the treatment of most infected wounds,