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May 16, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(20):542-545. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390950010002a

A recent severe and somewhat striking case of carbuncle treated without incision has recalled a number of cases similarly treated, which excited some little interest among physicians who had watched the cases at my clinics and elsewhere, and has suggested the propriety of presenting the subject on this occasion. While the avoidance of a cutting operation in carbuncle is by no means a new suggestion, I feel sure from my experience in and intercourse with the profession, that the far more general practice is to make the free incisions so commonly recommended in many text books, and that the plan here advocated differs in many respects from that usually employed. I will first present in brief the case referred to:

Judge—aged 56, a large, florid gentleman, with delicate skin, first came under treatment for a very moderate amount of eczema upon the left leg and foot, which had existed to

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