It is well established that the various gold chloride preparations may be given intravenously in cases of lupus erythematosus, sometimes with spectacular success. Though the results are often temporary, by persistence clinical "cures" are frequently obtained. However, one has only to pass an eye down the column headed "Gold" in the last few issues of the "Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus" to realize the frequent occurrence of serious accidents following its use. The history of the therapeutic use of the various gold preparations in dermatology has roughly paralleled their use by the internists in pulmonary tuberculosis. At first hailed as a near-specific and later, because of their association with toxemic accidents and death, damned as a poison, they fell from their original high therapeutic position. Today the gold preparation is finding its level of efficiency as a drug of incomparable value in lupus erythematosus, of doubted value in the tuberculids and
JONES JW, ALDEN HS. MODIFICATION OF THERAPY WITH GOLD COMPOUNDS IN LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS: PRELIMINARY COMMUNICATION. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1933;28(4):544–545. doi:10.1001/archderm.1933.01460040087010
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