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March 10, 1945

Medical Uses of Soap: A Symposium

JAMA. 1945;127(10):619. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860100063025

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This is a collection of uniformly excellent articles which tell the story of soap—its use and abuse, its chemistry and manufacture, its effects on normal and diseased skin, on the hair, for shaving, in industry—indeed the material goes well beyond the confines "Medical Uses of Soap." The symposium presents the views and experiences of men in the varied fields of dermatology, chemistry, bacteriology and industrial medicine, so that there is some duplication of material with occasional differences of opinion, but the result is a practical consideration of the subject.

The opening chapter on soap technology considers the chemical and physical properties of all types of soaps: toilet bars, household soaps, even the newer soapless detergents. The next four chapters deal with the use of soap on skin and hair. Consideration is given to the effect of soap on normal and diseased skin and to those diseases for which soap is

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