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August 24, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(8):588-591. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810340016005

In this communication I am reporting the results of my continued observations on the treatment and handling of patients with psoriasis. To be sure, no specific remedy has been discovered but some of the facts gleaned are worth recording.

One hundred and twelve patients were treated from October 1937 to October 1939 with vitamin D, vitamin B1, vitamin B complex, brewers' yeast, vitamin C, liver extract, diluted hydrochloric acid, estrogenic substance, sulfanilamide, bismuth salicylate, anterior pituitary extract or adrenal cortex extract alone or in combination with one another or in combination with a low fat diet. All the patients were ambulatory, some received several types of treatment, and only those with definite clinical and microscopic psoriasis were studied. The patients were started on the type of treatment being used when they were first examined. If a change was not noted in the psoriasis after a certain time had elapsed,