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To the Editor:—
This is a report of another case of severe dermatitis of the feet with ulceration following the application of camphor-phenol mixture. This remedy, so ably popularized by Paul de Kruif, is still being used by the public on an "over the counter" basis with unfortunate results, as is illustrated by the following case:A woman aged 30 was told that she had "ringworm of the feet" by her family physician. The eruption did not respond satisfactorily to the therapy prescribed by him on the first visit. On the advice of a "friend" she obtained "Phenolene," a camphor-phenol mixture prepared and sold "over the counter" at her local drug store.She applied this preparation, which bore the usual warning signs "Poison" and "Do not apply to moist surfaces," to the interdigitate areas of both feet. By the following day the feet were swollen and painful. At the time
Hubler WR. ULCERATION OF THE FEET FOLLOWING SINGLE APPLICATION OF CAMPHORPHENOL MIXTURE. JAMA. 1943;123(15):990. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840500054024
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