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September 29, 1951

UNDECYLENIC ACID IN PSORIASIS

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1726 Pine St., Philadelphia.

JAMA. 1951;147(5):525. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670220165025

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —Drs. Rattner and Rodin, in their article "Treatment of Psoriasis with Undecylenic Acid by Mouth" (J. A. M. A. 146:1113 [July 21] 1951) state, "Although he [Dr. Perlman] emphasized the preliminary character of the report, there was no mistaking Perlman's enthusiasm over the results that were obtained, and this same note of satisfaction ran through his two subsequent reports." The second paper quoted, by I. L. Milberg and me, was issued from the Skin and Cancer Unit of the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital. The clinical results were as follows: "Of 40 psoriatic patients with cutaneous lesions, 12 showed unequivocal improvement during treatment, 15 were somewhat improved, 10 evidenced no change, and 3 had distinct aggravation of the disease. Seven of the eight patients with psoriatic arthropathy noted relief from pain." While I participated in the survey of the clinical material, the statistics were

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