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March 13, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(11):736-737. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670370006003

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The dermatologist must be able to recognize the signs of general disease by their appearance on the cutaneous surface, to differentiate syphilitic from nonsyphilitic disorders in the presence of confusing serologic findings, and properly to diagnose malignant from nonmalignant growths on the skin. Yet the patient seeks other services from the skin specialist. The girl or older woman seeks relief from unsightly superfluous hairs. Many untrained persons offer this service; indeed, unscrupulous ones promise much more than can be given with honesty. The dermatologist may be bored with the idea of removing superfluous hairs, but if he does not do so the patient will seek some one less qualified.

At present, two modalities are available for the successful removal of hairs. The use of the galvanic current from dry batteries or from a generator set, about 3 milliamperes of current with the positive pole to the patient, and the negative

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