With the exception of the use of a paraffin mixture by Howard Fox1 and the employment of the roentgen ray,2 no advance in the treatment for herpes zoster has been made until recently. Five years ago, Spillmann and Raspiller3 first employed autohemotherapy for the treatment of patients with herpes zoster. Their results, together with those of Parisot and Simonin,4 Drouet and Vernier5 and Etienne, were reported at the Nancy reunion of dermatologists. Wintzer6 also collected reports of a number of cases at Nantes in which the treatment was similar. Barrio de Medina7 reported a case from Madrid. All of these patients responded favorably to this new method of treatment.
Autohemotherapy, first used in dermatologic conditions by Ravaut,8 closely followed by Spiethoff,9 consists in the withdrawal of blood as for a Wassermann reaction and its injection into the patient's gluteal muscles, preferably
BEESON BB. AUTOHEMOTHERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF HERPES ZOSTER. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1928;18(4):573–576. doi:10.1001/archderm.1928.02380160074009