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To the Editor:—
In the April 13, 1963 issue of The Journal, in the Medical News section, I read with considerable alarm an article entitled "Dermal Abrasion 'Best' for Acne Scar Removal" (184:Adv p 57). I find myself in complete disagreement with the claims made by Drs. Eller and Walsh. In my opinion, their claims are speculative, unscientific, misleading, and fraught with medicolegal implications.Dermal abrasion is a procedure with many limitations and complications. Even in the most expert hands, it is not always a safe procedure. The abrasion of acne scars and pits leaves much to be desired, and the improvement obtained is, at best, only a relative one. Drs. Eller and Walsh, in my opinion, place themselves in a very vulnerable position by using words such as "removal" and "elimination" as far as acne scars and pits are concerned. It is the responsibility of the doctor to
Thale HB. Dermal Abrasion. JAMA. 1963;185(3):220–221. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060030078042
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