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May 20, 1944


JAMA. 1944;125(3):228-229. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850210050026

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal, April 22, there is an article by Dr. Philip B. Price entitled "Cause and Treatment of Furunculosis." Dr. Price stresses the resistance of resident skin bacteria to the usual bactericides. Based on the conception that furunculosis and the accompanying regional contamination are local phenomena, he advocates the use of a solution of ethyl alcohol exactly 70 per cent by weight by gentle gauze friction over the involved area for a period of twenty minutes. Excellent and rapid results were noted.After the usual etiologic factors in furunculosis have been excluded, two contributory causes are frequently overlooked. The first is a transient hyperglycemia and the second a lowered resistance to Staphylococcus aureus, the common infecting agent in furunculosis.In all cases of stubborn and recurrent furunculosis a diminished carbohydrate intake is indicated. I wish especially to stress the quick, dramatic and excellent end results which

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