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About four and one-half years ago, one of us (T. C.) became interested in the calcium metabolism in eczema, which led to the use of viosterol as a therapeutic agent. We used a special material of high potency orally, intravenously and intramuscularly, and controlled the series by giving plain maize oil to another group of patients with eczema. Maize oil was used because it is the diluent for the viosterol. We found, after some time, that the results obtained from the use of the maize oil alone were as good as those obtained from the use of viosterol. In fact, because we could give larger amounts of pure maize oil alone than of maize oil in which viosterol was dissolved, the results with the maize oil alone were superior.
We found that it makes little difference by which route the patient receives the oil, so long as adequate amounts are
CORNBLEET T, Pace ER. USE OF MAIZE OIL (UNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS) IN THE TREATMENT OF ECZEMAPRELIMINARY REPORT. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1935;31(2):224–226. doi:10.1001/archderm.1935.01460200068008
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