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June 4, 1960


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JAMA. 1960;173(5):573. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020230099020

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To the Editor:—  Deep abrasion, under any of its several pseudonyms, and multiple excisions have emerged since World War II as a pair of related modalities offering great help for most patients disfigured by acne pitting. Dr. Preston C. Iverson, who popularized both techniques in the middle of the 1940's, agrees with me that effective mass use has been set back 10 years by disrepute resulting from unfortunate and highly inaccurate publicity, not entirely confined to lay periodicals. The special report by Rattner and Lazar in The Journal, Dec. 26, 1959, page 2326, helps to correct some of the false implications regarding the degree of perfection and the universality of satisfactory results to be anticipated, but it fails to emphasize the following essential points.For the more hideous deformities of this type, use of painstaking multiple excisions (often hundreds in several stages ) is the more important of the two related

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