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May 1945

SOME PHASES OF VITAMIN THERAPY IN DERMATOLOGY

Author Affiliations

LOS ANGELES

From the Department of Dermatology of the University of Southern California.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;51(5):309-312. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510230019004
Abstract

Vitamin therapy in the dermatologic field is used for a variety of diseases, which may be divided into two groups: (1) the true and established vitamin deficiencies and (2) dermatoses in which a true vitamin deficiency is either debatable or undemonstrable but for which vitamin therapy appears to be of benefit. Some dermatoses of the latter group are the subject of our discussion.

Vitamin therapy in dermatology presents certain peculiarities which must be appreciated if satisfactory results are to be achieved. For most diseases which yield to treatment with vitamins infinitely higher doses are required than are provided by dietary measures or by the administration of commercially advertised vitamin concentrate mixtures. Moreover, the route of administration plays at times an important, if yet unexplained, role (Spies and Butt1). In selecting vitamin products one has the choice of synthetic vitamins and the natural concentrates. The

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