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August 1943


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Lynn, Mass.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;48(2):200-201. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01510020059014

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To the Editor:—This letter has been in nascent form for some time. During the past several years it received frequent stimuli from various sources which animated its rate of development. Ultimately it was precipitated by an article in a recent issue of one of the weekly medical journals on the use of coal tar in the treatment of cutaneous diseases. The article in question is a well written discussion touching briefly on the historical background and the pharmacy and pharmacology of crude coal tar. In it are also listed ten dermatoses, covering an extensive field, for treatment of which the value of coal tar is discussed. However, the essential intent of the article is obviously to advocate and endorse an ointment of coal tar manufactured by a pharmaceutical company under a so-called "trade name." This particular preparation is not listed as accepted by the Council on Pharmacy and

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