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October 2017

Repurposing Medications—Chicken Manure, Erectile Dysfunction, and Finding the Golden Needle in the Haystack of Absurdity

Author Affiliations
  • 1Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(10):969-970. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.2447

My dad grew up on a chicken farm. One winter in my youth, while at an extended family gathering in his little farm town in mid-Missouri, I was complaining to him about my severe chapped lips. “Well, farmers around here would tell you to put chicken [manure] on chapped lips. That’s a sure cure.” Looking around the circle of conversation, I saw several relatives, farmers, and locals affirming this statement. For the next dozen years I was perplexed by the recommendation and silent about any further lip concerns.

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