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August 10, 1929


Author Affiliations

São Paulo, Brazil. Instituto Butantan

JAMA. 1929;93(6):476. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710060052027

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To the Editor:  —I have found the article by Drs. Monteith and Clock, entitled "The Treatment of Burns with Normal Horse Serum" (The Journal, April 6, p. 1173), to be extremely interesting as it represents new evidence against the improper use of antiseptics still advocated by many practitioners.In regard to the originality of the horse serum method, however, I should like to state that since 1918 we have been using it consistently in all cases of atonic ulcers, phagedenic ulcers, burns, cuts and ulcus molle, always with the most encouraging results, and that this method has since become rather generalized in this section of Brazil. In the Memorias do Instituto Butantan (part 2 1, 1918-1919) I published the final results of my own observations on the application of dried horse serum (which I think for obvious reasons to be superior to liquid serum) to ulcerations in general.

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