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July 1978

Sabin's Poliomyelitis Vaccine in Recurrent Herpes Simplex

Author Affiliations

Tel Aviv, Israel

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(7):1094. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640190072032

To the Editor.—  In the October 1976 issue of the Archives (112:1410-1415), Bierman stated in his article "BCG Immunoprophylaxis of Recurrent Herpes Progenitalis" the following: "Other limited studies with heterologous antigen such as the Sabin live, oral poliovirus vaccine demonstrated reduction in the frequency of recurrent HVH although no controls were employed."This interpretation by Dr Bierman of my article "Sabin Poliomyelitis Vaccine in the Treatment of Recurrent Herpes Simplex" (Harefuah 86:363-364, 1974) does not reflect the results of my study. The communication, which was published in Hebrew with a short, English summary, has been misquoted.In the original version, I clearly stated that treatment with Sabin's vaccine eliminated all the eruptions in 74% of the patients, and no recurrence or relapse appeared during a follow-up period of one to four years.Lincoln and Nordstrom1 stated in a communication that although they were quite skeptical about these satisfactory results,

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