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July 3, 1915

SUPPURATION OF THE FOREARM TREATED BY IMMERSION IN A SALT SOLUTION BATH

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Toledo, Ohio

JAMA. 1915;LXV(1):26. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580010034011

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Abstract

In view of the extensive use of hypertonic salt solutions in the treatment of wounds, in the European war hospitals, and the excellent results obtained, I wish to record a case in which the use of such solution was followed by complete cessation of suppuration of the bones of the forearm.

On entering the surgical service as intern to Dr. Morton at the Cook County Hospital, September, 1909, I found among my pus dressings a case of very extensive suppuration of the bones of the forearm. The patient was a young man, German, aged 19, who had received half a dozen fractures by falling from the roof of a dwelling. The fractures had all healed kindly except the bones of the forearm. Here a very extensive osteomyelitis was present, the predominating organism being the Bacillus pyocyaneus. The discharge was so profuse and foul that I conceived the idea of putting

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