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To the Editor:—
Local application of sex hormones has been attempted in occidental medicine only during the last few years. In oriental therapy evidently it was well known for centuries. The novel "The Golden Lotus" (English translation by Clemens Egerton, without date, 4 volumes, George Routledge & Sons, London; German translation by Franz Kuhn under the title Kin Ping Meh, 1 volume, without date, Inselverlag, Leipzig), by Wang Shih-Cheng, who died in 1593, gives a vivid and realistic picture of Chinese life and customs at the time of the Sung dynasty in the reign of Hui Tsung 1100-1126, with numerous medical and diagnostic as well as therapeutic details. A Hindu monk reciprocates gifts from a wealthy pharmacist by presenting him with some aphrosidiac pills to be taken "one at each occasion, no more, with a drop of spirits," and a red powder to anoint the glans penis with the advice,
Schiller W. LOCAL APPLICATION OF SEX HORMONES. JAMA. 1941;117(6):472-473. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820320064021