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To the Editor:—
The dermatologic profession contributes the most glorified latinized names for diseases, disappearing from other specialties, but honored in medieval splendor among the skin men. It also contributes some of the more lavish formulas for materials to be applied to the skin. Roaming through a library of expanding and pulsating dermatologic articles, I encountered Jamarsan paint. My investigation of its introduction to dermatologists showed it to be of truly American origin, but from below the equator, named for its inventor, Isadore Jamar, a whilom medical student and pharmacognosist, who produced the formula (in grams):The coal tar is black, and so is the result, and so is the patient after application. The oil serves as vehicle, and the turpentine heightens the aroma, because one function of Jamarsan paint is to deodorize smelly skin. The lime thickens it, and the boric acid keeps germs from growing beneath it. The
Liddle GG. Jamarsan Paint. JAMA. 1967;199(3):221-222. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120030125033