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July 9, 1960


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2940 Summit St. Oakland 9, Calif.

JAMA. 1960;173(10):1161. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020280101031

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To the Editor:—  Some six months ago a 74-year-old woman wore a tight shoe in which there was a bow and a knot that tied behind her heel which caused a blister. After this she used carbolated petroleum jelly, which I did not know was still on the market, and it sloughed the skin for an area 2 in. in diameter over her tendo achillis. Her leg shows no tendency to numbness. She has been referred for plastic repair. Anyone who has repaired the exposed tendo achillis, even in a young healthy adult, well knows the risks entailed. I send this letter to The Journal so that drug manufacturers may be warned that carbolic solution in any drug is a potent agent at times, especially if it is used repeatedly. The circulation to the patient's legs is excellent for her age, and I can only blame the severe injury on

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