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To the Editor.—
I recently saw a 60-year-old patient with rufous complexion who was covered with actinic keratosis and telangiectasia about his face, neck, and upper part of his chest. The history included a number of years of arsenic medication in 1936 for the treatment of amebiasis and radioactive thorium to his face in 1962 for actinic keratosis. There is no history of skin cancers and none were present on my examination.I found myself telling the patient, "An anti-cancer lotion is now available which is easy to use and has given excellent results without serious hazard." Did this patient receive this same assurance from his physicians in 1936 and 1962?
Frankel EB. Actinic Keratosis and Telangiectasia. Arch Dermatol. 1972;105(2):298. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620050096033