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June 16, 1917

PARAFFIN IN THE TREATMENT OF WOUNDS AND BURNS: OBSERVATIONS ON VARIOUS PREPARATIONS

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Surgeon, United Alloy Steel Corporation CANTON, OHIO

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(24):1801-1802. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270060209004

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Abstract

The successes claimed for "Ambrine" in the treatment of burns promised a large field in industrial accidents and therefore prompted extensive trials. Owing to my inability to obtain "Ambrine," various paraffin compounds were used—formulas containing eucalyptus, resorcin, betanaphthol, resin, cera flava, olive oil, and scarlet red, in ordinary paraffin. My series of cases represents over 4,000 wax dressings on every conceivable burn, and many lacerated wounds.

Prior to the employment of the wax treatment of burns we had employed the usual methods—various ointments, various aqueous solutions, the bath treatment, exposure to the air, and picric acid.

Our technic in the use of waxes was as follows: All burns were carefully cleaned at our emergency hospital by well trained men, any blebs were opened, and all the skin that could be taken off with ease was removed. The burned area was dried either by exposure to air

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