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January 1945

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Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1945;75(1):72. doi:10.1001/archinte.1945.00210250079007

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Supplement to the July 1944 Issue of the British Journal of Surgery  A supplement to the July 1944 issue of the British Journal of Surgery presents a symposium on Penicillin in Warfare, including reports of clinical experiences of a preliminary nature in the treatment of recent war wounds in the field with penicillin. It contains a foreword by Major General L. T. Poole on the successful employment of penicillin in the most forward surgical units as a prophylactic against wound sepsis. General Poole says that in some instances a long interval must elapse before definitive surgical procedures can be undertaken and that penicillin can be used to bridge this gap and delay, modify or even prevent the development of sepsis.Florey and Jennings point out that the substance is the most powerful antibacterial agent which has been brought into clinical use and that it will completely inhibit

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