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May 27, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(21):1713. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740210061029

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To the Editor:  —In the article entitled "Treatment of Burns with Gentian Violet" (The Journal, April 22, p. 1219), Connell, Fatherree, Kennedy and McSwain report good results in the treatment of five patients with from 5 to 9 per cent surface area involvement, with 1 per cent gentian violet in a tragacanth jelly base.In The Journal, April 16, 1932, V. P. Blair, W. G. Hamm and I reported the use of a 5 per cent sodium chloride jelly in the care of burned patients: "Since March, 1930, we have used as a dressing a water-soluble jelly, to which has been added from 2 to 5 per cent sodium chloride; this has proved satisfactory in many cases," we stated, and, in a footnote, "Besides the present strength of 5 per cent sodium chloride, the following ingredients have been used: 2 to 5 per cent magnesium sulphate, 2 per cent gentian

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