It is a well recognized fact that the treatment of chancroids by the application of caustics, including the thermocautery and antiseptics, has been notoriously unsatisfactory. This is substantiated by the evidence provided by Martin, Thomas and Moorehead, who record no less than twelve protean substances, in addition to the actual cautery, which have been recommended from time to time as being therapeutically efficient.
The failure of these various therapeutic agents is due to the fact that the Ducrey-Unna bacillus and the other pathogenic organisms always present lie deeply embedded in the tissues and out of reach of the destructive and inhibiting action of the medicaments.
Therefore, to bring about healing, it is necessary to provide some method whereby the germicide will penetrate deeply into the tissues, and come into actual contact with the infecting agent. This can be most efficiently accomplished by the high frequency spark, employing the glass vacuum
JACOB LH. TREATMENT OF CHANCROID WITH THE HIGH FREQUENCY VACUUM ELECTRODE AND COPPER SULPHATE SOLUTION. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1920;1(4):434–437. doi:10.1001/archderm.1920.02350040071007
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