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November 1924

THE CALCIUM CONTENT OF THE BLOOD IN VARIOUS DISEASES OF THE SKINBASED ON AN ANALYSIS OF OVER THREE HUNDRED CASES

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1924;10(5):544-550. doi:10.1001/archderm.1924.02360290009002
Abstract

A search through the extensive medical literature for studies on the calcium content of the blood as related to skin diseases reveals the fact that little work has been reported on the subject. Schamberg and Brown1 recently published their findings on the examination of the blood from a number of patients suffering from psoriasis, eczema, urticaria and other cutaneous diseases. The experiments of these two men included tests for calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Their results showed figures which fell within the normal limits.

Levin and Kahn2 reported a few calcium determinations in various dermatoses, all falling within normal limits.

Thro and Ehn,3 using the gravimetric method, found an increased calcium content of the blood in patients suffering from acne and a decreased blood calcium in those who had furunculosis. Later, Thro and Ehn,4 using the titration method of Halversan and Bergeim, found a low figure

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