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April 16, 1932

THE EARLY CARE OF BURNS AND THE REPAIR OF THEIR DEFECTS

Author Affiliations

ST. LOUIS

From the Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1932;98(16):1355-1359. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730420013006
Abstract

We have presumed to call attention to the homely and frequently discussed subject of burns because many of these destructive injuries do not receive care calculated to give the quickest recovery with a minimum of pain, disability and permanent deformity, and because their average treatment is not on a par with that of other injuries. In any but superficial injuries, real success will not depend on the use of this or that drug or dressing, the nominal adoption of this or that plan or one treatment, no matter how perfect its conception and its execution, but on the intelligent, forceful and persistent carrying out of an adequate program. The care of a burn is a surgical procedure that embodies watchful action, and watchful waiting finds a place only so long as the surgical indications remain fulfilled. By meeting these properly and promptly as they arise, physical pain can practically be

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