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August 17, 1912

DIET AND HYGIENE IN DISEASES OF THE SKIN

JAMA. 1912;LIX(7):535-538. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080217013
Abstract

Diseases of the skin are notoriously rebellious, and some cases tax the skill and patience of even the specialist to an annoying degree. In some instances they seem almost incurable; but there is a cause for everything in this world, and human skill and discernment are gradually probing Nature, and the science and art of medicine has progressed incomparably of late years, along the lines of both etiology and treatment. There is still, however, much to be learned regarding many diseases of the skin, as to their causation, persistency and proneness to recur. It is no great wonder that they should have these latter characteristics if we do not reach and rectify their underlying causes.

I say "underlying causes," for I recognize fully the local agencies, parasitic, microbic and others, which produce many of the lesions on the skin; but the fact remains that there must be some condition of

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