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July 28, 1883

MECHANICAL REMEDIES IN THE TREATMENT OF SKIN DISEASES.

JAMA. 1883;I(3):75-84. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390030011001c
Abstract

[Read to the Section on Practice of Medicine, Materia Medica, etc, June, 1883.]

Gentlemen: I do not propose to read my paper in extenso before the Section this afternoon, but while giving its salient points, I shall reserve for publication, in case of acceptation, its entirety.

There are a number of remedies which can be used in the treatment of skin diseases which cannot be classed as drugs, but being mechanical in their application may be appropriately termed mechanical remedies.

They are massage, compression, blood-letting, incision, excision, enucleation, scooping, scraping, setons, and cauterization, remedial measures which have been in vogue almost from time immemorial, but which have been more or less lost sight of, and seldom, if ever, used by therapeutists in the treatment of cutaneous diseases.

These are all valuable agents, as I can attest from a long personal experience with them, and I now will proceed to relate

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