In the early 1940's, Dr. Cannon and Dr. Oliver Cope (1902-1994) became concerned about the effectiveness of tannic acid, then the most common treatment of burns used in Boston. In a study conducted at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Drs. Cannon and Cope determined that tannic acid actually inhibited the healing of burns. These photographs are from an article that Cope and Cannon published in The Annals of Surgery in 1943. This critical study altered the way the burns were treated and altered the procedure the United States Military had planned on using as World War II was breaking out.
Colored plate from Rate of Epithelial Regeneration. A Clinical Method of Measurement, and the Effect of Various Agents Recommended in the Treatment of Burns, by Bradford cannon and Oliver Cope, published in The Annals of Surgery, v. 117 no. 1, January 1943
Cope, Oliver, 1902-1994
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Bradford Cannon papers, 1923-2003. H MS c240. Box 7, folder 92.
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Gift of Bradford Cannon, M.D. to the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, 2001.
Cannon, Bradford and Cope, Oliver, 1902-1994, “Burn Study,” OnView: Digital Collections & Exhibits, accessed June 3, 2023, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/12825.
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