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To the Editor:—
Dr. G. G. Liddle (199:221, 1967) makes fun of dermatologists and of their methods of treatment, specifically ridiculing Jamarsan paint. Had he wished to, he could easily have learned that Jamarsan is no laughing matter. It is effective in more than 50% of cases of a chronic debilitating and often fatal disease, fogo selvagem (Brazilian pemphigus), which occurs in endemic form in central South America, affecting primarily children and young adults. It resembles pemphigus foliaceous, causes spontaneous fractures and sterility, and less than one case in five undergoes spontaneous cure. Jamarsan paint promptly relieves the severe generalized burning and itching in most patients and also relieves the repulsive skin odor.The paper referred to (Arch Derm84:153, 1961) reports encouraging results with Jamarsan paint in pemphigus erythematosus, another disease which is chronic and sometimes fatal. The value is highlighted by two photographs. At the start
Schamberg IL. Jamarsann Paint. JAMA. 1967;200(4):349. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120170121039