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August 20, 1887

LETTER FROM LONDON.

JAMA. 1887;IX(8):250-251. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400070026012

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Abstract

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

Alvelos in Epithelioma—Physiological Effects of Massage—Duration of Life—Borax and Boracic Acid as Food Preservers and Antiseptics.

Several cases of epithelioma of the face and lips are claimed to have been cured with the juice of alvelos, a plant belonging to the family of the Eu phorbiaceæ. It is said to act as an irritant and to destroy the diseased tissue, which was in each case quickly replaced by healthy granulations of the difsferent kinds of alvelos, male, female and wild, the second is considered to be the most efficacious in this respect. The best results are obtained with the juice in a concentrated or solid form, like an extract, and with the addition of vaseline or tanoline. This preparation is applied with a brush to the affected part (previously washed with a two per cent. solution of carbolic acid), which is then left exposed to the

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