The use of sulphur and of certain of its compounds in the form of baths is so frequently recommended by nonmedical men, by charlatans and by faddists that the reputation of sulphur baths has suffered. That sulphur and compounds of sulphur as they occur in natural waters and also in artificial sulphur baths do have a beneficial effect when combined with other types of treatment for skin diseases, especially those of the acneform or pustular types, is undoubted. Sulphur is an important drug in the armamentarium of the dermatologist, and its methods of therapeutic employment are varied. However, a search of the literature has revealed a paucity of scientific explanations as to the reasons for its efficacy.
The history of balneology is extremely interesting. We shall not go into the details in this paper, but shall refer our readers to Llewellyn's1 comprehensive article on the subject.
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OSTERBERG AE, RUBENSTEIN MW, GOECKERMAN WH. THE ABSORPTION OF SULPHUR COMPOUNDS DURING TREATMENT BY SULPHUR BATHS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;20(2):158–166. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.01440020010002
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