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August 1936

DERMATITIS HERPETIFORMIS NOT CURED BY FEVER THERAPY

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Stanford University Medical School, San Francisco.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1936;34(2):274. doi:10.1001/archderm.1936.01470140082016

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Abstract

To the Editor:—In the September 1935 issue of the Archives (vol. 32, p. 468) I reported a case of dermatitis herpetiformis in a male student at Stanford University in which the lesions disappeared after an attack of German measles and again after fever therapy in the form of hot baths. At the time I was skeptical as to the effects of the fever therapy and suggested that the disappearance of the lesions possibly was influenced by rest from college work, change of environment and life in the open air at the seashore in Mexico. Then I did not know that the patient was taking a solution of potassium arsenite steadily and having his prescription refilled regularly. He had been told to take it no longer than a month. He wrote me stating that all of his summer vacation he had remained well.

When I saw him after

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