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July 20, 1963

Dermal Abrasion

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Los Angeles

JAMA. 1963;185(3):220-221. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060030078042

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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

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