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December 1934

COMMON WARTS: AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT

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Associate Professor of Dermatology, University of Southern California LOS ANGELES

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;30(6):821-822. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460180063009

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Abstract

Twelve months ago, a patient was given a maximum of roentgen and radium therapy for warts which involved the finger-tips of both hands, without effect. They ramified down under the nail plates and involved the greater part of the cuticular borders. It is well known that therapy by local irritation is markedly enhanced by previous short wave therapy. It was for the latter reason that this procedure was first instituted, and I have now adopted it to the exclusion of all other methods. It has yet to fail in a single instance.

Using a fine spark, the verrucous surfaces were lightly seared. The patient returned at weekly intervals, and the procedure was repeated. To my surprise involution and desquamation of the lesions occurred within six weeks. At this time I attributed the reaction to: (1) a result of the combined action of the treatment with rays of short wavelength and

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