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June 1921

CONTRIBUTION TO THE CHEMOTHERAPY OF RHUS DERMATITIS AND TENTATIVE METHOD FOR TREATMENT

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WASHINGTON, D. C.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1921;3(6):802-808. doi:10.1001/archderm.1921.02350190083008
Abstract

The object of chemotherapy in rhus dermatitis (caused by Rhus diversiloba) is to imitate nature's method of overcoming the poison (lobinol) by the aid of substances that destroy the poison while the body cells are left unharmed or only slightly injured. The chemical agent employed, therefore, must possess a much stronger affinity for the toxic substance than for the body cells, that is, it must be more toxitropic than organotropic.

NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE REMEDY  In order best to accomplish this, the remedy should render the poison harmless, relieve pain, prevent sepsis, and aid in restoring the tissues injured by the poison to a normal condition. It may, therefore, be necessary to use two different formulas to be applied successively: one formula to neutralize the poison physiologically, and another formula to relieve pain, prevent bacterial infection, reduce the subsequent inflammatory changes in the cutaneous tissues and promote healing.In order

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