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January 1940


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;41(1):64-77. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490070067008

Cole1 has stated:

There seems to be an alarming increase in the use of cosmetics—and along with this a coincident increase in the dangers due to their use. The esthetics of cosmetics are the concern of the physician only secondarily; but we should do everything in our power to call to the attention of the public the damage resulting from their use.

To the average person, whether physician or layman, cosmetics represent a highly commercialized development of the current century; their composition and the dangers attendant on their use are known to but a few select groups. Lerner2 reported that cosmetics have been used by women from the time of the earliest records and quoted numerous recipes for beauty which were in vogue perhaps more than twenty thousand years ago. Oddly enough, a study of various historical references3 to the nature of cosmetics reveals that the so-called