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Little is know about the causation of the various types of warts, including the ordinary verruca vulgaris. That the latter is infectious seems quite probable. Authors discussing the treatment of common warts, place little emphasis on the use of arsenic, although it is mentioned in all textbooks on dermatology. Many patients suffering from diseases of the skin with a verrucous element are benefited by the administration of arsenic. I believe there are many cases in which the intravenous injection of neo-arsphenamin is justifiable in the hope of accomplishing, by intensive arsenical treatment, what may not be possible with milder forms of arsenic.
A patient with multiple warts of the scalp was recently treated unsuccessfully by me with various therapeutic methods, including the roentgen ray, fulguration and mercury (the latter both externally andinternally). The largest lesions had been removed, but new lesions continued to appear. After unsuccessful administration of solution of potassium arsenite (Fowler's solution), I tried heroic closes of
LINDSAY HCL. TREATMENT OF COMMON WARTS BY NEO-ARSPHENAMIN. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1924;10(4):471–472. doi:10.1001/archderm.1924.02360280065010
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