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JAMA Revisited
May 28, 2014

The Treatment of Acne

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JAMA. 1890;15( (17) ):601-- 604.


October 25, 1890


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JAMA. 2014;311(20):2131. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279523

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?

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