In two previous papers1 I reported the preliminary results I had obtained in the treatment of patients with lupus erythematosus by intravenous injections of gold chloride in small doses. These first experiments were carried out in the dermatologic department of the Rigshospital. I have now had an opportunity of continuing the experiments in the Finsen Institute where the large number of cases of lupus erythematosus has made it possible for me within two years to try out gold chloride therapy in more than one hundred cases.
The idea of employing gold chloride in cases of lupus erythematosus originated in a survey of the results obtained in treating patients for this lesion with other gold compounds. The first step in this direction, I think, was taken by Ruete,2 who experimented with intravenous injections of potassium gold cyanide and obtained some encouraging results. Later, as is well known, a number
HAXTHAUSEN H. TREATMENT OF LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS BY INTRAVENOUS INJECTIONS OF GOLD CHLORIDE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1930;22(1):77–90. doi:10.1001/archderm.1930.01440130087005