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Archives a Century Ago
Oct 2012

Dermatology Simplified.

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SECTION EDITOR: MARK BERNHARDT, MD

Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(10):1121. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2012.1196

JOURNAL OF CUTANEOUS AND VENEREAL DISEASESVOL. I.OCTOBER, 1882.NO. 1.

A century ago John Hunter divided all skin diseases into three classes: one of which is cured by mercury and the iodides, a second by sulphur, and a third class which the devil himself can't cure. Dr. L. P. Yandell, who quotes Hunter as above, is given credit for a much less complex classification than even this. He attributes all skin eruptions to malaria. Quinine is a specific for malaria—ergo, quinine is the remedy for all skin eruptions.— Mich. Med. News.

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