July 21, 1917


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JAMA. 1917;LXIX(3):176-178. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590300016005

After reading the different articles on impetigo in the standard works on dermatology, one cannot help but being impressed with the general belief on the part of the various authors in the specific action of some form of ammoniated mercury. Other parasiticides receive less consideration, and the reader is given to understand that the condition can usually be cured in two or three weeks by the application of the stated therapeutic measure. While it is true that the mild forms of the infection are frequently cured in a short period of time, it must not be forgotten that in its severe manifestations, impetigo may persist for weeks before its eradication is effected. We should also remember that impetigo of the new-born sometimes terminates fatally, no matter how rational and thorough the treatment might have been. So a short summary of the accepted methods of dealing with this by no means

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