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March 1940


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;41(3):506-508. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490090058005

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For some time it has been the impression of dermatologists that iodides and bromides have a tendency to cause exacerbations of acne as well as to produce acneform eruptions. While there seems to be little doubt as to the latter, acneform eruptions having become generally recognized as a complication of the ingestion of iodides and bromides, the question of their effect on acne was not so definite. We therefore undertook a quantitative study of the iodine content in the blood of persons with acne to see if there was an actual difference from the normal. A series of 58 patients was collected, consisting of 45 with acne and 13 who had miscellaneous dermatoses. In addition, Dr. Maurice Bruger placed at our disposal the values for 22 normal subjects.

There were 25 males and 33 females in our group. The extremes of range in iodine content of the blood varied from

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