Those who are in constant contact with chronic osteomyelitis realize that considerable advances have been made in recent years in the technic of handling the disease surgically. Nevertheless, many cases still fail to heal following the usual surgical procedures. The presence of many adult cases of long duration is sufficient testimony of a lack of perfection in treating this disease in childhood, when it usually makes its first appearance. Any new method, therefore, that may give promise of reducing the number of failures and lessening the time of healing is deserving of serious consideration.
The success or the failure of any form of treatment in this disease is influenced by several factors. The age of the patient and the duration of the disease are important. Osteomyelitis seems to heal most readily in very young patients. When the lesion has been present for many years, the chance for success with any
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