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December 15, 1900

THE USE OF ALCOHOL IN TREATMENT OF CARBOLIC ACID BURNS AND POISONING.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(24):1557. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620500043001k

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Abstract

Having used alcohol in the treatment of carbolic acid poisoning and burns with most gratifying results, I venture to give my observations for the benefit of those who have had no experience with this antidote. It not only enables us to save many lives that are threatened by the accidental or intentional misuse of carbolic acid, but it widens the field of use of one of the most powerful germicides, for it enables us to use the full germicidal properties of the acid without any dangerous caustic effect. I believe that the following cases justify my statements:

Case 1.  —Some one threw about two ounces of carbolic acid on the face and hands of a woman, and when I arrived, about fifteen minutes after the occurrence, I bathed the injured parts freely with alcohol for half an hour. Marked improvement took place at once; pain was diminished, and the skin

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