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April 1942


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Edinburgh, Scotland.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1942;45(4):763. doi:10.1001/archderm.1942.01500100124013

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To the Editor:—  It seems certain that the interesting paper by Dr. Paul Gross on nummular eczema (Arch. Dermat. & Syph.44:1060 [Dec.] 1941) will arouse a great deal of interest in dermatologic circles as a notable contribution regarding this stubborn condition.Thanks to an abstract in the 1939 Year Book of Dermatology and Syphilology (page 452), I was led to treat a series of patients with nummular eczema during the past two years with preparations of vitamin A—by mouth, 24,000 international units night and morning, and by parenteral injection, 100,000 international units twice weekly. I must confess that the results, though often encouraging, were also often disappointing, and recurrence sometimes appeared while a patient was still taking the full dose of the vitamin, though it was noticeable that persons with particularly dry skins and those whose rash appeared to be worst in winter had the best results.Two

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