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September 2010

Tom Sawyer on the Cause and Treatment of Warts

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Author Affiliation: Dr Hoenig is in private practice in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(9):1018. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.211

One hundred years ago, America mourned the loss of a great author, Mark Twain (1835-1910). As a tribute to Twain, I composed the following “interview” with one of his most famous characters, Tom Sawyer. Tom has now grown up, has graduated college, and speaks a more formal English that is mixed together with his old Pike County dialect.

Question 1: Tom, why did you give this interview for the Archives of Dermatology?

Tom Sawyer: The reason is becuz of what is said in chapter 6 of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer concerning warts.1 There I mention that the reason I always got considerable many warts was from playing with frogs so much. I reckon I owe an apology to those frogs becuz they don't cause no warts, even though they got bumpy heads. Only back then we didn't know about viruses and how they are really the cause of warts.

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