S.H. Harris
1878 The Lancet  
70 by machinery. In each and all there was only one dressing of dry lint, which in some cases was removed at the end of ten days, and in others at the end of three weeks. This simple method has been eminently successful also in the hands of my friend, Mr. Dryland. In a case of secondary amputation of the leg, he removed the first dressing at the end of a week, and found the stump all but healed over, the man being about in a fortnight; and in a thigh amputation, a few weeks ago, a like result
more » ... s obtained by the same simple treatment. I am not prepared to say that this oldfasioned antiseptic method of treating wounds would be equally successful in hospital, but, undoubtedly, many of the nsual methods of treating wounds are faulty in the extreme ; for, besides giving unnecessary pain to the patient by too frequent dressings, aud taking up the valuable time of the busy practitioner, healing by the first intention, instead of being, as it ought to be, the rule, is the exception. In cases, on the other hand, where there is no blood to form the seal over the wound, a useful substitute will be found in either the Peruvian or Canadian balsam. Dressed with either of these, a dry wound, of any extent, will heal with one dressing, the balsam taking the place of the blood, and forming a stiff antiseptic seal, which, when broken, shows the perfection of surgical art in union by the first intention. I am, Sir. yours, &c'., JAMES MORE, M.D.
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