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January 30, 1897

NITRATE OF SILVER IN DISEASES OF THE SKIN.

Author Affiliations

DISTRICT PHYSICIAN TO MT. SINAI HOSPITAL, NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(5):210-212. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440050018001e
Abstract

At a time when the markets are flooded with new remedies, each one backed by innumerable clinical observations, it would indeed seem reckless presumption to speak about one laden with age. But, while in the wide range of applicability the drug for which I propose to take up the cudgels this evening falls far below many of the recent ones, yet in effectiveness, circumstances and conditions remaining the same, it outdoes all the latest rivals and arrivals.

My object here is to speak about nitrate of silver, its value in the local treatment of diseases of the skin.

The physiologic action of nitrate of silver as applied locally, depends upon the strength of the salt employed. It may be caustic, escharotic, astringent and alterative, each condition resulting from the use of the mitigated, pure, saturated or very weak solution. A quality of silver nitrate passed unmentioned by writers on materia

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