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June 1, 1940

Current Comment

JAMA. 1940;114(22):2223. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810220047012

MANAGEMENT OF ACNE VULGARIS  Six well known dermatologists, questioned recently by the Journal of Investigative Dermatology1 on the management of acne vulgaris, express considerable unanimity and only occasionally a difference of opinion. Thus, all are agreed that endocrine therapy is without value. The vitamins are likewise regarded as valueless except for the general indication of improving the health of the patient. Five of the contributors found that vaccines and toxoids are without value. One contributor states that a staphylococcus toxoid is of value especially in the pustular type. The relation of anemia to acne was considered as casual and not causal. All were agreed that the administration of hematinics has little if any effect on the course of the disease. Roentgen therapy is regarded as a valuable though not a dominant feature in the management. One contributor resorted to it in about 25 per cent of his cases, while

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