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May 1956

Burns in Children ren

Author Affiliations

Dr. Allen died May 30, 1955.; From the Department of Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School and Children's Surgical Service, Cook County Hospital, Chicago.

AMA Arch Surg. 1956;72(5):788-799. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1956.01270230052007

The subject of thermal injury has held considerable interest for researcher and clinician alike, as judged from the volumes of literature on all phases of the subject. Most studies dealing with treatment are of a general nature or discuss therapy with reference to all age groups. There are many articles concerning burns in children by British writers, such as Colebrook6 and Jackson.11 In general, the emphasis seems toward adults, which is paradoxic, since the majority of burn patients are children.

Increasing concern is now being shown about the incidence of burns in children. This is logical, for it parallels the relative and absolute increased importance of trauma as the greatest cause of infant and childhood mortality and morbidity. Of the forms of trauma burning is the single commonest injury. One by one the infectious diseases of childhood are being brought under control, being modified, or being prevented by the