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November 23, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(21):1393-1394. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470470035004

Extensive burns of the surface of the body have a practical interest and have been the subject of much theoretical and experimental work. But in spite of extensive investigation there is still no unanimity of opinion as to the exact mode of death in many of these cases. The initial shock, broncho-pneumonia, secondary sepsis and hemorrhage from ulcer of the duodenum explain the fatal termination in some instances. Yet there still is lacking a clear understanding of the pathologic processes involved in many of these mysterious cases.

F. A. Hoffman1 calls attention to the fact that while there has been much experiment and hypothesis concerning this subject there is still a remarkable lack of that which is the true groundwork of the whole matter, viz., a collection of good clinical histories and records of complete autopsies. With these thoughts in mind, M. Wilms,2 of the surgical clinic of