Medicine: Dogbite: What Not to Do

If a man gets a deep flesh cut from a jagged instrument, the doctor usually washes out the wound with soap & water, cuts away dead tissue, and stitches up the wound. He may put a mild antiseptic on the surrounding skin. He would never think of cauterizing such a wound with fuming nitric acid and then leaving it open. But if the patient in such a case is the victim of a dogbite, he is all too likely to be subjected to painful cautery, and perhaps scarred for life.

Dr. Roald T. Vinnard, now...

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