Medicine: Leatherized Burns

Until a few years ago a person who was burned over a third or more of his body had little chance of living. If he survived the shock, he would lose so much water through his skinless flesh that his blood would be unable to get rid of waste matter. If toxemia did not kill him, he would probably die of external infection contracted through his raw flesh.

In 1925 Dr. Edward Clement Davidson of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit discovered that he could coagulate burned surfaces by soaking them with tannic acid. The...

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