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June 28, 1913

AN INSTANCE OF UNUSUAL SENSITIVE-$ NESS TO RESORCIN

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SAN FRANCISCO

JAMA. 1913;60(26):2035-2037. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340260009006
Abstract

In May, 1907, a patient consulted me on account of a severe dermatitis of the scalp and forehead, following the use of a dandruff cure. I ordered soothing applications under which the symptoms rapidly subsided. At the next visit, however, nine days afterward, I noticed that he had acne of the back of the neck, for which I prescribed a resorcin paste. I ordered this of moderate strength, 3.25 per cent., because the dermatitis had not yet entirely subsided. This application caused a violent reaction, and kept the patient awake all night. I then explained to him that the good effects of many medicines, among them resorcin, lay in their stimulating nature, and that with this preparation reduced one-half we would get its benefits without its overaction. This was accordingly done. The paste diluted one-half, and therefore about 1.625 per cent., still caused a violent reaction. Not only was this

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