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July 1, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(1):48. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510010054012

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The classical method of treating burns has generally involved the idea of exclusion of the air, even before the bacteriologic discoveries of the past thirty years had made air infection a matter to be so seriously considered. Dr. Sneve's paper in this issue of The Journal, with its advocacy of a diametrically opposite method, will, therefore, attract some attention, as the old ideas are still largely extant. His results in the cases he reports are striking and there is much force in his arguments in favor of the open method. He calls attention in particular to the short duration of the pain in cases thus treated, though this seems contrary to the older ideas on the subject. Theoretically, there is nothing against the chances for good recovery in cases in which the open method of treatment is used, except the possibility of air infection, provided, of course, that the

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