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January 28, 1899

The Treatment of Wounds: Its Principles and Practice, General and Special.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(4):196. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450310044017

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In 1883 the author contributed a volume on "The Treatment of Wounds" to Wood's Library of Standard Medical Authors. The present volume is developed upon the same lines as the first. The ground, however, has been more completely covered and brought up to date. The author quotes from Professor Humphrey: "The treatment of wounds is undoubtedly not merely the first stone but also the corner-stone of surgery," a truism which can not be too often repeated. In spite of the fact that it is now more than thirty years since Lister first gave to the world his great discovery, antiseptic surgery, the majority of the wounds treated by medical men throughout the country suppurate as they did in the old days of "good and laudable pus." This is largely preventable, and is due to the fact that the average practitioner has not as yet grasped the principles or mastered the

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