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January 4, 1958

The Treatment of Burns

JAMA. 1958;166(1):106. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990010108026

This monograph, which consists of 12 chapters on various aspects of the burn problem, is the best volume so far published on this subject. The following chapters are outstanding: (1) The Scope of the Burn Problem, (2) General Immediate Care, (3) Initial Replacement Therapy, (4) Initial Local Care, (5) Problem of Infection, (6) Metabolic Response and Nutrition, (7) Practical Details in Bum Therapy, (8) Complications of Burns and Burn Therapy, and (9) Management of Burns in Disaster. The authors call attention to the fact that in 1954 there were 6,800 deaths from burns in the United States. Although about 70,000 burned patients are hospitalized each year, no injury is treated less expertly by the medical profession at large than a burn. The authors recognize that, despite differences in detail, a number of methods of management have yielded good results. The control of infection is becoming an increasingly difficult problem in

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