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April 10, 1954


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25 E. Washington St., Chicago 2.

JAMA. 1954;154(15):1302. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940490066022

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To the Editor:  Since publication of my article "New Approach to the Treatment of Intractable Verruca Plantaris (Plantar Wart)" (J. A. M. A.152:1202 [July 25] 1953), the propriety of the title has been justifiably questioned; notwithstanding the fact that I stated in the text "It is open to question whether many of these growths are verrucae." The title was chosen because of common usage of the term in discussion and in the literature as exemplified by the references to the literature in my paper. I am now more firmly convinced that mismanagement of this problem has been due largely to faulty diagnosis and erroneous terminology. The condition discussed in the paper has been consistently diagnosed and classified as verruca plantaris and so treated, with the tragic result that it often becomes intractable from the treatment and failure to remove the cause. From the evidence I have been able

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