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June 16, 1917

DEVELOPMENTS IN THE PARAFFIN TREATMENT OF BURNS AND OTHER OPEN WOUNDS

Author Affiliations

CLEVELAND

From the Pharmacological Laboratory of the Western Reserve University, School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(24):1799-1801. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270060207003
Abstract

Further experience in the laboratory and reports of clinical applications are showing pretty clearly that some of the current endeavors in the paraffin treatment of burns are proceeding in directions that are not likely to lead to improvements; they have also indicated the directions in which further experimentation is desirable, and have already led to certain improvements that appear of sufficient practical importance. All of these considerations may justify the publication of this note.

PHYSICAL CRITERIA  The important qualities of paraffin for burns, as mentioned in my previous paper,1 and in that of Leech2 are the properties of pliability, ductility, low degree melting point, hardness and adhesion. I should be inclined to rate the importance of these properties in the order given; but all the properties must be within certain limits.I have devised methods for testing these properties. These were described in the paper of Leech. They

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