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December 14, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(24):2103. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810500071029

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To the Editor:—  I have just read with much interest the communication (The Journal, November 23, p. 1821) of Dr. De Groat of Detroit. All his references to the history of wound treatment are correct, but his account is still incomplete. In several of my contributions, going back to 1923, I have referred to the work of Ollier (1830-1900) in bone and joint surgery. As to wound treatment, actually he made no contribution whatever. All his suggestions about wound treatment had been anticipated by Magati (1579-1647) in Italy, Belloste (1654-1730) in France, John Hunter (1728-1793) in England and others.The editorial in The Journal to which Dr. De Groat refers, and others relating to my work on the treatment of osteomyelitis, compound fractures and infected wounds, have to do not only with the treatment of wounds and fractures by infrequent dressings but with an entire program of preliminary immobilization, drainage

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