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October 1937

LEAF OF ALOE VERA IN TREATMENT OF ROENTGEN RAY ULCERS: REPORT OF TWO ADDITIONAL CASES

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LOUISVILLE, KY.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;36(4):838-843. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01480040155012
Abstract

The treatment of roentgen ray and radium ulcers with the fresh whole leaf of Aloe vera was first described by Collins and Collins1 in 1935. Wright2 in 1936 published an additional report on its use, stating that he had obtained gratifying results. The technic of application of both the fresh whole leaf and an ointment containing the intestinal contents of the leaf have been described by these men. Since the publication of these two papers many patients have undoubtedly been treated by this method. For the most part, however, the results are relatively unknown, since cases in which that treatment was used have been reported only by word of mouth or in the transactions of certain societies.3

Any one who has seen the horrible suffering endured by patients with some of the late sequelae of roentgen and radium irradiation and who realizes the utter futility of previous

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