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August 20, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(8):241-242. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400070017002

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Treatment of Burns and Scalds.  Professor Mosetig, during the last five years, has treated with iodoform forty-eight severe cases of burns and scalds with the most satisfactory results. The danger of iodoform-intoxication in burns, he believes, is merely theoretical, as neither he nor others who treated burns with iodoform had, when using certain precautions, ever met with bad concomitant effects. The action of iodoform is twofold—it is both analgesic and antiseptic. The patients, according to Dr. Mundy's experience, which Prof. Mosetig fully confirms, obtain ease a few minutes after the application of iodoform to their burns, and are soon fit to be moved. The patients, in Prof. Mosetig's wards, repose quietly and without pain in their beds; they recover more rapidly, with only moderate and consequently less exhausting discharges, and with smoother cicatrices, than those differently treated; and if there is no possibility of saving the life, euthanasia at

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