Although well aware that even fifteen swallows "do not make a summer," I venture to report the following cases which appear to justify the opinion that sodium iodide, administered intravenously, exercises a specific action in herpes zoster.
On Jan. 12, 1929, I saw a man, aged 30, who had a severe attack of herpes zoster, involving the right side of the face, chin, neck and ear and extending half way to the vertex in the scalp. He was suffering from excrciating neuralgic pain. I planned to administer autogenous blood in the buttocks, but, on looking over my files, found a clipping ten or fifteen years old stating that a Dr. Richmond of El Paso, Texas, had cleared up a severe case of ophthalmic zoster in six days by two intravenous injections of sodium iodide; I therefore injected 2 Gm. The patient returned the next day amazingly improved. The
RUGGLES EW. APPARENT SPECIFIC EFFECTS OF SODIUM IODIDE IN HERPES ZOSTER: PRELIMINARY REPORT. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1931;23(3):472–476. doi:10.1001/archderm.1931.03880210065005
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