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August 24, 1907

Sanguinaria in Eczema.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(8):705. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530080073018

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Royersford, Pa., Aug. 8, 1907.

To the Editor:  —For a number of years I have been using in my practice local applications of fluid extract of sanguinaria (Fluidextractum Sanguinariæ, U. S. P.) in the treatment of obstinate cases of eczema. It has given successful and gratifying results, especially in the squamous and papular varieties of eczema. It is well sometimes, in order to facilitate treatment, to puncture the papules with some sharp instrument.In cases of eczema secondary to varicose ulcers of the leg, "salt rheum," this remedy has been especially beneficial. It is applied boldly, freely and persistently by repeated paintings of the part or by means of cloths, gauze, etc., saturated with the solution, which may be used in varying strengths.The only literature which I have seen on this use of sanguinaria is in the U. S. Dispensatory, twelfth edition, where, under sanguinaria, it is stated that

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