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September 10, 1887

WOUND DRESSING: SOME NOTIONS ACCEPTED AND SOME UNDER DISCUSSION.Read in the Section on Surgery and Anatomy, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the Am Medical. Association.

JAMA. 1887;IX(11):334-336. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400100014002b

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In presenting a few thoughts upon the subject of wound dressing, I do not feel that I need to apologize on account of the triteness of the subject, since every surgeon of experience has ideas peculiar to himself on this practical subject, which should be cast in the common fund of information, to add if possible to the heritage of knowledge, which we have jointly received from the honored surgeons of the past. I must, however, disclaim the idea of offering any notions that are very original, though I hope that from an experience of some twenty-five years of military and civil surgery that I may present some ideas which may interest for a few moments, if they do not edify.

But even if one cannot always present new and original ideas, as the result of patient, methodical research, it is often of great advantage both to the reporter and

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