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May 2, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(18):496. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390930020006

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Mr. George Smith, of Somerset, England, in a short note on this subject in a recent number of the Bristol Medico-Chirurgical Journal, gives a plan of treatment of the desquamative stage of scarlet fever which has been quite successful in his hands, and which might be followed with good prophylactic results in every case. It is well known that in this stage there is very great danger that the disease may be conveyed from a patient to a healthy person, even several hundred miles away.

To obviate this danger, he has been in the habit for several years of having his patients sponged over the whole surface of the body twice daily. The sponging is begun, as a rule, about a week after the appearance of the eruption, and is continued until the desquamative stage is completed. The material with which the patient is sponged is a mixture of one

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