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It has been common for many years to decry the made-to-order prescription suggestions for the treatment of diseases of the skin. Active medicaments are advised, but the mode of application is ignored. For the most part, physicians recall the pharmacology of cutaneous applications sufficiently to take advantage of the reducing agency of a large number of drugs. The theories of the late Paul Unna may not satisfy all the requirements of modern reduction-oxygenation ideas. However, they retain sufficient clinical responses to be worth remembering. In this presentation, little will be said of active agents. The response to be anticipated by the mode of application will be stressed.
The dermatologist rarely intentionally prescribes or orders a pharmacist to prepare a cream with U. S. P. and N. F. ingredients. The reason is that patented medicaments and chemicals may not be included in these official lists. Modern cosmetic creams available for
GOODMAN H. RATIONAL PRESCRIPTION WRITING IN DERMATOLOGY. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1942;45(6):1101–1112. doi:10.1001/archderm.1942.01500120069007
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