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JAMA. 1888;X(9):277-278. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400350025007.
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Antiseptic Treatment of Boils—Enlargement of the Breasts in Tuberculous Subjects—Angina Pectoris of Syphilitic Origin—Strophanthus.

Professor Verneuil, well known as the champion of conservative surgery, lately made a communication to the Academy of Medicine on the antiseptic treatment of boils and carbuncles. The author observed that the treatment of carbuncle has greatly varied within the last forty years, but has gradually become less surgical, without on this account being less efficacious. After having tried in common with other surgeons the old method of free incisions and punctures the result of which was anything but encouraging, Professor Verneuil resorted to the thermocautery, followed by carbolic acid dressings. But as he now obtains the same results with the carbolic acid spray alone composed of a 2 per cent. solution which he employs for two hours daily in two, three, or four sittings at the convenience of the patients, and


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