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January 1931

NONSPECIFIC THERAPY IN DERMATOLOGY: A FIVE YEAR CLINICAL STUDY

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PHILADELPHIA

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1931;23(1):118-131. doi:10.1001/archderm.1931.03880190121010
Abstract

In his exhaustive treatise on "Protein Therapy and Nonspecific Resistance," Petersen stated that the idea of therapy on a nonspecific basis seems a step backward and investigation of such a subject illogical, but that certain therapeutic results cannot be ignored. I am sure that on first acquaintance with nonspecific therapeutic methods the majority of physicians are inclined to view them askance, and it is no wonder that a certain percentage of patients who are subjected to such treatment are inclined to regard it as a new variety of medical hoax. I have known patients on numerous occasions to ask what possible benefit could result from the withdrawal of blood from one part of their body and its reinjection into another part, and later in the course of their treatment to request that the same procedure be carried out. Since 1924, Dr. Schamberg and I have employed various methods of heterotherapy

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