The objective of this study was to describe the key advancements in the study and treatment of burns in the 1800s. Review of primary and secondary sources and their translations of ancient to present burn care manuscripts. Prior to the 1800s, burn care was alterations of poultices and oils placed over acute burns in the hope that the patient would survive. The 1800s showed the discoveries of the Curling and Marjolin's ulcers as well as the first understanding of inhalation injury and advancements in skin grafting leading to further understanding of the disease process. The 1800s show a wide range of both understanding and misinterpretation of the pathophysiology and treatment of burns.
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