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September 2, 1905

CARBOLIC ACID BURN.EFFECTUAL, ALTHOUGH LATE, USE OF ALCOHOL.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(10):717. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510100051004a

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Abstract

A young lady employed in a drug store started home from work in the evening, taking with her a number of small parcels to deliver to patrons of the store who lived in her neighborhood. Among these parcels was an ounce bottle filled with 95 per cent. carbolic acid. In some way the bottle was broken, pouring the contents over both hands. As it was dark, she did not at first know what the bottle had contained, and only after the hands began to burn did she take the trouble to wipe off the excess of acid with her handkerchief. After reaching home, she applied a dressing of vaselin and it was not until over an hour after the burn occurred that I saw her. At this time the white eschar covered the entire palmar surfaces of both hands as well as the palmar and interdigital surfaces of all the

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