For some years medical literature has been replete with reports of the use of penicillin for various types of infection, but so far as I know there has been no report of its use following a mauling of a person by a carnivorous animal. Hence the present report.
On the morning of Aug 20, 1947 a man who had been mauled by a lion was brought to our mission hospital. The hospital is situated in West Central Africa, 9 degrees south of the equator, 300 miles inland from the west coast. There are lions, leopards, water buffaloes and other game in this region, and occasional victims of these animals are brought to our hospital for treatment. The staff consists of one American-trained doctor and an American nurse trained here, a typical "bush hospital."
Our present patient was a mulatto aged 43 years, robust of physique and a professional hunter by