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April 2, 1927


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San Antonio, Texas

JAMA. 1927;88(14):1098. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680400054032

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To the Editor:  —During the World War there was a great deal published on débridement. W. W. Keen, in his Treatment of War Wounds, for instance, states that "the most important alteration in treatment since the early days of the war is that excision of damaged tissue has become the routine method." It is interesting to find, therefore, that Baron Larrey used this method. It is described in his Memoirs and Campaigns. In describing the campaign of the Rhine in 1789, he wrote: "Desault taught us that, in order to change the nature of wounds from a complicated to a simple state, it was not sufficient to make the part bleed; in order to attain this end, it was necessary to remove the bruised edges with a sharp knife, and then to unite the wound with a suture. In my campaigns in Germany and Egypt, I have profited by the

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