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August 1921

REMEDIES FOR RHUS DERMATITIS

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WASHINGTON, D. C.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1921;4(2):217-234. doi:10.1001/archderm.1921.02350210080010
Abstract

Practical therapeutics may be deductive or inductive; may, that is to say, be based on some general principles which in their turn depend on the conceptions held as to disease processes and the pharmacodynamics of certain substances; or they may be merely the result of more or less discrete observations as to the curative value of such substances in certain diseased conditions. The former method in therapeutics is often spoken of as rational, and the latter as empiric.

EMPIRIC REMEDIES  In the list of remedies for rhus dermatitis of the empiric type, we may include all those remedies that do not take into account the chemical composition of the poison. Horsfield,1 1798, before anything regarding the chemical nature of the poison was known, listed these remedies: ashes of the leaves and wood of the poisonous rhus, soot dissolved in milk, an aqueous solution of sodium chlorid, copper sulphate, or

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