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June 17, 1939

TREATMENT OF HERPES ZOSTER

JAMA. 1939;112(24):2552. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800240068021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In the March 1931 issue of the Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology Dr. E. Wood Ruggles of this state suggested the intravenous injection of sodium iodide as a specific for herpes zoster. In the summer of 1935 I had a succession of twelve or more cases of zoster in a very short time and, recollecting the suggestion of Dr. Ruggles, used the sodium iodide in each case with really miraculous results.Dr. Ruggles recommended giving 2 Gm. intravenously on the first, second, fourth and seventh days.The success of this treatment has been so universally satisfactory in my own practice, as well as among the patients of professional brothers whose attention has been called to its efficiency, that I am taking the liberty of urging its exhibition by others who are unfamiliar with its virtue. I note in the latest editions of Sutton and Andrews that this

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