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July 1944


Arch Surg. 1944;49(1):47-50. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1944.01230020050007

This work was undertaken with the idea that the healing of a wound through fibroplasia might take place more readily if substances needed by the cells surrounding the wound were supplied locally in adequate amounts throughout the entire healing process, rather than if the body were left alone to supply such substances more slowly. By local implantations in fresh wounds of normal persons, this form of therapy seeks to speed up the healing process and to increase the strength of the wounds so treated.

THE EFFECT OF GELATIN ON THE HEALING OF THE WOUNDS  In emergency operations for dental extraction during the past two years, one of us has implanted gelatin in all operative wounds, with results that seem to justify the treatment. Equal parts of gelatin and sulfanilamide are mixed into the blood before it clots, and usually the wound is closed with sutures.