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August 23, 1902

Heat for the Relief of Itching in Ivy Poisoning.

Author Affiliations

First Lieutenant and Assistant Surgeon, U. S. Army.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(8):441. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480340035013

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Key West, Fla., Aug. 12, 1902.

To the Editor:  —In connection with the statements of Prof. Edmund Andrews as to the value of strong heat as a remedy for pruritus ani, in his article in The Journal of July 12, 1902, I wish to say that since 1896, when its value was called to my attention by the experience of Col. W. H. Forbes of Milton, Mass., in his own case, I have found strong heat to give more relief to the intense itching of ivy poisoning than any other treatment which I have tried (e. g., combinations of carbolic acid, zinc oxid and lime water, lead acetate and alcohol, lead and opium wash, etc.). Where the affected part can not be plunged directly into the hot water, the hot water can be sopped on with a sponge. Respectfully,

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