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September 25, 1937


JAMA. 1937;109(13):1061. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780390063027

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To the Editor:—  With interest I have read the editorial on furuncle of the face (The Journal, July 24, p. 278). For a year I have had under my care about 400 mentally ill patients, many of whom are liable to dietary indiscretions and as a result prone to the development of furuncles and onychias. Once this condition has developed, the patients are often most uncooperative to nursing care and the infection is liable to respond slowly to treatment. Furthermore, many of these patients are already debilitated from other causes. About eleven months ago the amputation of a finger was necessary in two patients because of osteomyelitis of the phalanges, complicating simple onychias.For several months these cases have been treated by the application of 5 per cent tincture of iodine and dry dressing, twice a day or in some cases once every hour. Pus under the skin, when present

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