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December 1921


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Professor of Dermatology, Medical School of Harvard University BOSTON

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1921;4(6):796-806. doi:10.1001/archderm.1921.02350250075006

Some years ago, Brocq published a note on the use of crude coal tar in cutaneous diseases. He recommended the application of the substance to weeping surfaces in 100 per cent, strength, and he wrote enthusiastically of its beneficial effects.

This note reached America, and at the Massachusetts General Hospital we seized on the idea at once and from that day to this have been ardent devotees and advocates of the drug. Crude coal tar, as you all know, is one of the two or three primary by-products in the manufacture of coal gas and, in the early days, our hospital apothecary used to send a boy and a pail to the gas house to procure this dirty, ill-smelling, black, but withal wonderful, substance. Later on, as we began to employ the drug more and more, we found that it had been commercialized by the Eastern Drug Company of Boston

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