Medicine: Cold for Burns

Los Angeles' Dr. Alexander G. Shulman is a good surgeon but a poor chef; nine years ago, trying his hand at cooking, he only succeeded in burning it badly with boiling grease. Ignoring medical training, which calls for wrapping the burn in a bandage, he plunged the burned hand into a sinkful of cold water. The pain stopped. He kept his hand in cold water for an hour, permanently killing the pain, and his hand healed quickly.

Since then, Surgeon Shulman has treated almost 200 cases of burns the same way. Medical texts ignore...

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