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May 1946


Arch Surg. 1946;52(5):610-618. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1946.01230050618008

THE tendency for surgical dressings to adhere [ill] raw surfaces of wounds has probably plagued both surgeons and patients since the dawn of civilization. From the rare and costly ointments of ancient times to the refined petroleum products of today, various expedients have been tried to prevent dressings from adhering to damaged body tissues. Recent technics have been making more and more use of synthetic fabrics which are nonadherent by virtue of the waterproof qualities inherent in their manufacture. But almost all the new substances proposed have a disadvantage in common in that they cause some obstruction to the free drainage of blood, serum, pus or debris of necrotic tissue from the depths and surfaces of the wound. The damming back of these waste products frequently results in delayed healing, irritation and excoriation of the surrounding skin and at times extension of infection.

The evolution of improved technics in military

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