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March 12, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(11):713-714. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490560023008

Considering the fact that, if all forms of the drug are included, mercury is one of the most frequently used medicaments in the Pharmacopeia, it is of great importance to recognize the skin lesions produced by it. It is only recently that we have appreciated that not only the use of mercury by the skin, but also its internal and subcutaneous administration, may lead to cutaneous lesions which closely resemble certain of the exanthemata or specific skin diseases.

In a recent article, Tomasczewski1 reviews the question of the mercurial exanthemata, illustrating his points by cases of his own, and by others cited from the literature. His views regarding the importance of certain conditions underlying mercurial skin lesions are somewhat at variance with general opinion. He points out that the method of application of the mercury is of minor importance, and that exanthemata may be produced by the oral, hypodermic

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