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January 1950


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;61(1):118-119. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530080124019

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Miss F. J., a 27 year old librarian, was receiving treatment on account of a typical atopic dermatitis of long duration. Her forehead, neck, shoulders, antecubital fossae, wrists and arms presented patches of dermatitis in various stages of development. She also suffered from seasonal hay fever. Two other members of her family presented similar difficulty at various times.

Since the response of the skin to topical applications is always an unknown quantity at best, and much more so in patients presenting an atopic dermatitis, it is my custom to try out a number of test ointments at various affected areas before I decide which one is to be relied on.

I carried out a similar procedure in this instance. The test ointments were covered with gauze and then secured with a loosely applied roller bandage.

Within a short time the patient complained of burning at all the test areas.

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