Kingery1 has called attention to the value of some essential oils in the treatment of ringworm infections. The purpose of this work was to demonstrate to what extent steam distilled pine oil, often known simply as pine oil, is of value in treating similar infections. Pine oil is a product of the modern naval stores industry, and is composed chiefly of oxygenated derivatives of the terpenes, usually being about 70 per cent alpha-terpineol.
The first part of the work, reported on here, was confined to laboratory tests of the disinfecting power of pine oil and certain of its purified components on pure cultures of fungi responsible for ringworm and similar infections. Clinical tests are still in progress, and will be reported on later.
The materials tested are all articles of commerce, none of them being prepared in a specially pure grade for this work. The six
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