October 25, 1890
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When we consider what a common affection is acne, it is rather remarkable that so little attention is given to it by the general practitioner.
If a youth between the ages of thirteen and twenty-five years asks the advice of his family physician about a face broken out with pimples, he is not infrequently given a large amount of advice and a small amount of arsenic, and told that he will soon outgrow the disease, or outlive it, at any rate.
If a young girl is afflicted with the trouble she gets similar advice, but the arsenic is now mixed with a little iron, or some emmenagogue; and she, too, is sent on her way to await the predicted disappearance. But does this spontaneous cure come to confirm this advice?
Blanc HW. The Treatment of Acne. JAMA. 2014;311(20):2131. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279523