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August 1960

Prophylaxis and Treatment of Decubitus Ulcers

Arch Dermatol. 1960;82(2):310. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.01580020152048

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This short but excellent monograph should be read by everyone who has to deal with bedridden patients, for any of these last may be victims of bedsores. The author describes the pathogenesis of these ulcers, their histology, and prophylaxis. He points out that it is scandalous that the patients who are in greatest risk of decubitus ulcers are carefully treated for their major disease without any attention being directed against the development of bedsores. These ulcers, he adds, should, like hospital gangrene, become historic lesions. Of considerable interest is the surgical cure of these ulcers, which is very successful in his hands. The absence of bibliography underscores the fact that the book represents a synthesis of his personal experiences over many years. It is unequivocally recommended.

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