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August 4, 1917


Author Affiliations

Director, the Robert Walton Goelet Research Fund. American Red Cross Hospital of Paris PARIS, FRANCE

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(5):381-382. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590320057015

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The difficulty of judging and comparing the clinical results of different methods of the treatment of wounds is so great that it seems desirable to consider how more exact information as to the value of a treatment can be attained. It is obvious from a study of the literature since the beginning of the war that the superiority of no one form of treatment has become firmly established. The treatment of infection in wounds is thus still largely in the experimental stage.

The haphazard way of trying first one and then another method on each case, hoping to stumble on a suitable one, is as nearly barren of progress as is treating all wounds in the same way. This proceeding is not likely to lead to the recognition of the best methods of treatment for infected wounds. It is important, therefore, to organize in hospitals a system which may give

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