When we consider what a common affection is acne, it is rather remarkable that so little attention is given to it by the general practi tioner.
If a youth between the ages of thirteen and twenty-five years asks the advice of his family physician about a face broken out with pimples, he is not infrequently given a large amount of advice and a small amount of arsenic, and told that he will soon outgrow the disease, or out live it, at any rate.
If a young girl is afflicted with the trouble she gets similar advice, but the arsenic is now mixed with a little iron, or some emmenagogue; and she, too, is sent on her way to await the pre dicted disappearance. But does this spontaneous cure come to confirm this advice?
In a few instances I have seen involution take place in about two or three years, leaving
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