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Silver: an age-old treatment modality in modern times.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20543642     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The use of silver as an antimicrobial for infection spans hundreds of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans used silver to disinfect their water and food supplies. Silver was also used in ancient times to treat burns and wounds as a wound dressing. Silver solutions were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the 1920s. Since that time, silver has established itself as an effective and well-known treatment modality for and in the prevention of high-risk infection in clinical wound care (
Marcia Spear
Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Plastic surgical nursing : official journal of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Nurses     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1550-1841     ISO Abbreviation:  Plast Surg Nurs     Publication Date:    2010 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-14     Completed Date:  2010-10-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8403490     Medline TA:  Plast Surg Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  90-3     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN 37232, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
History, Ancient
Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy / instrumentation,  methods
Silver / history,  therapeutic use*
Treatment Outcome
Wound Infection / drug therapy*,  nursing
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Infective Agents; 7440-22-4/Silver

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