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To the Editor.—
In their usually persuasive manner, Drs. Ayres and Mihan, while extolling their results with vitamin E, refer in passing to the infiltration method advocated by Ervin Epstein, MD, in their letter to the editor in the Archives (108:855,1973). But the formula of Dr. Epstein, while correctly listed in the title of the reference (Calif Med 115:6, 1971), is incorrectly described as triamcinolone in lidocaine (Xylocaine), whereas the reference actually reads triamcinolone in procaine.While this may be thought to be "nit-picking," my experiences both in Israel and in California, have revealed important differences between the uses of lidocaine or procaine with the triamcinolone. Incorrect references in science may lead to incorrect assumptions, and this may be the case here, since Drs. Ayres and Mihan appear not to be overly impressed with the results of Dr. Epstein's method. Perhaps their confusion about the procaine is the answer.
Greenwald AE. Incorrect References. Arch Dermatol. 1974;109(4):571. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630040075024