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April 6, 1912


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From the Dermatological Clinic, George Washington University Hospital.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(14):995-997. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260040011004

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A disease of such varied forms, causes and remedies as eczema naturally can be fully described only in a lengthy paper, and it is my desire therefore to mention only briefly the chief causes, and to pay more attention to the therapeutics of this common disease, from which probably the majority of infants suffer in one form or another. In many instances the disease emanates from a single isolated spot and spreads over large tracts of the body, thus making rapid cure a matter of some difficulty. The inquiry often made by relatives, as to whether it is not the doctor's drug which first brought out the rash, is frequently difficult to answer when one knows the powerful irritant actions some ordinary mild drugs have on an eczematous skin. Unfortunately, no two authorities have a uniform mode of treatment, and it is therefore not remarkable that the treatment recommended by

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