Medicine: Stench and Guillotines

Two methods in war surgery-one for saving limbs, the other for amputating them-were reported at the A.M.A. meeting last week.

> Standard treatment for wounds in World War II is to trim off all dying flesh, enclose the limb or trunk in an old-fashioned plaster cast, leave the cast undisturbed for many weeks until the wound has healed. This closed plaster method prevents many an amputation, reduces infection to a minimum, allows soldiers to be moved with no ill effects. Only drawback: after a week or so the wounds develop a foul stench. Last week Dr. Allan Dinsmore Wallis and Researcher Margaret...

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