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April 10, 1909

Carbolic Acid in Boils and Felons

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Scranton, Pa.

JAMA. 1909;LII(15):1196. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540410044014

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To the Editor:  —The treatment of boils, carbuncles, felons, in fact any local infection in its early stages by hypodermic injection of pure carbolic acid, has probably been used by others, but failing to find any mention of it in the literature, and having tried it on myself, I wish to report my method in order that it may be more widely known.Having suffered from a boil on one hand and a carbuncle on the other, which ran their usual course, when others made their appearance, I was ready to experiment, and having tried without success to abort the first one by boring down into the center with a tooth pick wet with the acid, I went a step further with the second crop and injected the acid with a hypodermic syringe. To my great joy the pain instantly ceased (one must have boils to appreciate this), did not

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