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May 9, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(2):182. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690020074018

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Vitamin Therapy in Dermatology.  —In Hastane, the Istanbul periodical for specialists in Turkish hospitals, dermatologist Dr. Kemal Turgut of the Istanbul venereal disease department has published the results of his 10 year experimentation on vitamins as an adjunct to external application of medicaments. In patients who had lichen ruber planus and similar diseases the skin manifestations soon disappeared when vitamin A by mouth was added to external applications of medicaments. Fifteen patients who had lichen ruber planus were given a daily dose of 150,000 units of "prepalin," a vitamin A preparation. The patients recovered within one to two months. A 5-year-old boy who had generalized lichen spinulosus was given a daily dose of 100,000 units of vitamin A supplemented by a generous serving of red carrots for three months. The patient fully recovered after four months' therapy, and since then two years have passed without a relapse. A patient who

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