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September 3, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(10):319-320. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400090031010

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Dear Sir:  —About May 1 I was called to see Mr. F., aged 78, feeble and quite fleshy, who had a large abscess over the right scapula. It was opened and a large quantity of pus evacuated. The skin over it was of a dark purple color, and sloughing seemed imminent, but evacuation and drainage caused it to heal without refilling. Prompt recovery took place.His wife nursed him and dressed the abscess, a 10 per cent. solution of carbolic acid being used. A week after the abscess was opened Mrs. F. was taken with facial erysipelas of a severe type, which ran a course of about 14 days. Towards the last the disease attacked the right leg just above the ankle; an abscess formed and pus was evacuated, and recovery followed.The origin of the cold abscess of Mr. F. could not be ascertained; there was no history except

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