Therapy: Black Magic

Because burns are among the most common disfiguring, crippling and fatal accidents, physicians and surgeons have tried almost every imaginable therapy. In the 100 years since Lister discovered asepsis, practitioners have hopefully tried phenol, boric acid, picric acid, iodoform, tannic acid, sulfa drugs and ACTH, only to wind up, after a few years, disappointed in all of them. Now another new and seemingly miraculous treatment has been discovered, and once again doctors are hopeful—this time with better reason.

With impressive statistics to back up his claims, Dr. Carl A. Moyer, head surgery professor at St. Louis' Washington University and surgeon-in-chief...

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