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January 1921


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1921;3(1):47-48. doi:10.1001/archderm.1921.02350130050008

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The multiform warts or verruca usually filiform in type, which occur most frequently on the face, especially on the bearded region, and on the hands, present some difficulties in treatment. First, they are auto-inoculable, and tend to spread very rapidly; second, they are multiform; and third, those on the face require some special care in order not to cause too much scarring with its resultant disfigurement.

After a careful and thorough trial, I offer the method for treatment here described, which has, in careful hands, these advantages: It is practically painless; only the most superficial scarring remains; there are no recurrences at the site of previous lesions; and it is very rapid in producing results.

The ordinary high frequency apparatus is used with the exception of the glass vacuum tube, instead of which, a metallic needle holder is used of such length that when it is inserted into the chamber of the high frequency apparatus an electric contact is formed. In the needle holder, a fine platinum or a very fine sewing machine needle is inserted and made secure.

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