For several years it has been my practice to apply absorbent powders to such cases as I had formerly treated with ointments and lotions, and the treatment has been so satisfactory that I deem it a professional duty to urge its adoption by the profession.
The vesicular and pustular diseases of the skin in infants were the first in which I adopted the "dry" treatment. A number of cases of so-called eczema facialis and E. capitis were met within a short time, some of which had become chronic; had resisted all treatment; the doctor had been changed many times. Some of which had been under my own treatment by ointments and had been taken out of my charge and treated by regular and irregular practitioners, only to return to me for a new trial; in some hygienic and dietary conditions were bad. At one time I thought a remedy, which
SMITH TC. THE UTILITY OF DRY DRESSINGS.. JAMA. 1885;V(20):534-536. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391190002001a