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Burn Care in the 1800s

Hattery, Eleanor MD*; Nguyen, Tiffany BA*; Baker, Aaron MD*; Palmieri, Tina MD†‡

doi: 10.1097/BCR.0000000000000112
Original Articles: 2014 ABA Papers

The 1800s show a wide range of both understanding and misinterpretation of the pathophysiology and treatment of burns. The objective of this paper was to describe the key advancements in the study and treatment of burns in the 1800s. We reviewed primary and secondary sources of ancient to modern burn care manuscripts. Prior to the 1800s, burn care was different iterations of poultices and oils placed over acute burns in the hope 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.

From the *University of California, Davis; Regional Burn Center, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento; and Shriner’s Hospital for Children—Northern California, Sacramento.

Address correspondence to Eleanor Hattery, MD, UC Davis Surgery Resident, UC Davis Regional Burn Center, 2315 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento, California 95817.

© 2015 The American Burn Association