The prevalence of suppurative sinuses has greatly diminished during the past decade. This is due partly to our ability to prevent their formation by treating cold abscesses and joint diseases more scientifically, and partly to the employment of the newer and more effective methods of treatment of sinuses when they already exist.
The present war,in Europe, however, will result in a tremendous increase in this class of cases. I am informed that Dr. Alexis Carrel, from one of the field hospitals of France, that nearly every case of gunshot wound is infected before it reaches the hospital. Dr. Carrel further reports that these gunshot and shrapnel wounds are followed by suppurative sinuses, and that there are thousands of such cases in France. No doubt, the other belligerent countries are having the same experience, so that after the war is over there will remain for years an army of invalids with
BECK EG. BISMUTH PASTE IN CHRONIC SUPPURATIVE SINUSES AND EMPYEMA: INCORRECT TECHNIC AS A CAUSE OF FAILURE IN ITS APPLICATION. JAMA. 1916;LXVII(1):21–27. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590010025006
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