Medicine: For Burns

What is the best treatment for a burn? The Chinese swear by tea. U.S. doctors, who have argued loudly about the subject for more than 20 years, have tried a vast variety of applications, including tannic acid (a component of tea), silver nitrate, hormone ointment, triple aniline dyes, sulphur water, cold water, ice, and a concoction of paraffin wax, sulfanilamide, menthol, camphor, vaseline and cod liver oil, the whole topped off by oil of eucalyptus to kill the smell.

Last week one of the leading authorities on burns poured all these down the...

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