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August 28, 1954

A Formulary for External Therapy of the Skin.

JAMA. 1954;155(18):1619. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690360071030

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This excellent monograph was prepared originally to fill the requirements of the Massachusetts General Hospital. It provides a rational and logical approach to external therapy and is free from the trivialities so common to specialized branches of medicine. The objectives of superficial dermatological therapy are practically limited to the palliative relief of symptoms. The measures to be taken to assist nature in restoring the skin to health when it is diseased are few, and this formulary has the required brevity rather than an encyclopedic scope. It also emphasizes that external therapy is only a part of the treatment of a diseased skin. The preliminary chapters discuss the evolution of the formulary, the objectives of external therapy, the basic principles of treatment, and measures of value for the proper cleansing of the skin. Subsequent chapters are devoted to ointment vehicles, emollients and protectives, antipruritics, anti-infectives, antieczematous and antiseborrheic agents, and antiperspirants.

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