In our series of twenty-six patients treated with the concentrated streptococcus serum of the laboratory of the New York State Department of Health, there are thirteen with infections which would ordinarily be classed in the field of general surgery. In six, the infection began in the hand. In three patients, the lesion was apparently induced by pressure or by accidental laceration, and in four streptococcic infection appeared after surgical operation. Of the thirteen patients, eight survived and five died.
INFECTIONS OF THE HANDS
Streptococcic infection of the hand or its digits is rather frequent in physicians, nurses and laboratory personnel in hospitals. It is often trivial, but sometimes tragic, and there is good reason to believe that early neglect or unwise treatment in the early stage of the infection may sometimes contribute to the later unfortunate course. On the other hand, a fortunate outcome with early recovery does not of
SHEPLAR AE, SPENCE MJ, MacNEAL WJ. THERAPEUTIC USE OF CONCENTRATED STREPTOCOCCUS SERUM OF NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: IN INFECTED WOUNDS. Arch Surg. 1935;30(2):357–370. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1935.01180080181012
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