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December 1960

A Simplified Formulary for the Topical Management of Pediatric Dermatoses

Am J Dis Child. 1960;100(6):930-933. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1960.04020040932020

In the field of pediatrics, as well as in general practice (and even more so in the specialty of dermatology), there is nothing as provoking as the "simple rash" that will not clear up after one or two office visits with the use of some innocuous local preparations. Certainly, the pharmaceutical detail man—bearer of his company's latest treasures—will acquaint us with the fact that by the discriminate use of his new and miraculous panpharmacons, there should be no trouble in arresting (and even curing) the most recalcitrant dermatoses in very short order.

The conscientious, discriminating, and circumspect physician will soon learn, however, that the five-gram tube of the latest fashionable "steroid" cream—costing upwards of two dollars and useful for, perhaps, two or three applications at most—will seldom, if ever, ameliorate every dermatitis that presents itself in his office. And sooner or later these careful and scrupulous physicians will

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