Since time immemorial a great variety of different forms of topical medication have been used in the treatment of various common scalp disorders. A large number of these preparations, even the best and most modern ones prescribed by dermatologists and other physicians, have been unpleasant and "messy," leaving the hair unsightly, greasy or sticky, and the scalp uncomfortable. In addition, in such very common diseases of the scalp as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, the available preparations have been relatively ineffective in an unfortunately large proportion of the cases.
In the attempt to find a preparation that would be more acceptable to the patients and at the same time more therapeutically effective, we undertook to repeat and extend the study and evaluation of a relatively new preparation which previously had been reported1 as being of value in the treatment of psoriasis of the scalp.
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