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April 1929


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;19(4):697-704. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.02380220170014

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Thallium Acetate Epilation in Tinea Capitis. Presented by Dr. Clark.  T. J., a girl, aged 11, had extensive ringworm of the scalp for three months. On October 17, she was given thallium acetate, 8 mg. per kilogram of body weight (0.288 Gm.), by mouth in half a glass of water. On November 1, it was noticed that the hair was beginning to loosen all over the scalp. On November 10, there was complete epilation. On November 17, one month after the administration of thallium acetate, new hairs were appearing, and at the time of presentation the head was covered with a short bristly growth. No constitutional reaction had occurred in her case, as in that of her sister, aged 4 years. She had been able to use strong antiparasitic ointments from the beginning, without interruption.

DISCUSSION  Dr. MacKee: We have not been so lucky in regard to reactions. Many of

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