We can thank the European war for the fact that hereafter those who are scalded or burned may escape much suffering and the certainty of terrible scars. Ambrine, invented by Dr. Barthe de Sandfort, is a wax made of resin mixed with paraffin. When melted at a high temperature and applied directly to the wound either with a soft brush or by means of a spray this wax forms an air tight coating which instantly dulls the pain and prevents contagion. Protected by this coating nature unhindered at once starts rebuilding the charred tissues and in a surprisingly short time comparatively the parts are restored without a blemish.
It is possible at present to procure many preparations of a similar nature and of probably equal efficacy. The main point in the treatment of scalds and burns by this method is to be sure that the surface of the wound is absolutely clean before the remedy is applied.
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