September 12, 1966

Treatment of Warts

Author Affiliations

Plainfield, NJ

JAMA. 1966;197(11):930. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110110154047

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To the Editor:—  Dr. Hugh A. Johnson's comments on the immune globulin treatment of warts that "He who treats intractable warts is willing to grasp at almost any straw...." are true and bring to mind a palindromic grasp on straw and warts:"Straw? No, too stupid a fad. I put soot on warts." There are four rational ways to treat a wart: (1) cut it out with a scalpel; (2) burn it out with acids, alkalis, or electrocautery; (3) treat it as though it were a neoplasm (which it is) with x-rays; (4) treat it with vaccines. The meddling done during (1), (2), and (3) initiates or hastens the immunologic response by inoculating the patient and thus accomplishes (4). Veterinarians have been treating cattle with a stock vaccine for years with good results. When verruca vulgaris, a viral disease, responds to suggestion, magic, hypnosis, and charming, it does so because