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November 24, 1951

Symposium on Burns

JAMA. 1951;147(13):1307. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670300121039

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The symposium included practically every aspect of the subject of burns. The problem of radiation received considerable attention. Everett I. Evans emphasized that the experiences with the atomic bomb explosion at Hiroshima indicated that death was caused by mechanical trauma, thermal trauma, and radiation. He emphasized that the burn problem in atomic bomb explosion is not that of a simple burn but one that is complicated by radiation injury. The introduction of flame throwers presented physiologic problems which were discussed by James Walker. The subject of fluid and electrolyte requirements in burns was considered in its many aspects. Renal and pulmonary complications accompanying severe burns were presented from the experimental viewpoint and from clinical experience. Treatment of burned area, infections in severe burns, and nutritional care of burn patients occupied a portion of the third session. Early débridement of burn wound, plastic repair of severe burns, as well as the

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