A number of interesting articles have appeared giving quaint historical lore and scientific application of the Aloe vera leaf for dermatologic purposes.1 Particular application of the leaf has been recommended in radiodermatitis. The first article published on the use of the Aloe vera leaf in radiodermatitis was written by C. E. Collins and Creston Collins.1b Dr. C. E. Collins2 first became interested in the therapeutic use of the leaves in 1935, his son Dr. Creston Collins having seen the Seminole Indians using the leaf of the plant to treat burns. These physicians then applied the leaf for the treatment of radiodermatitis, with encouraging results. Since then, it has become widely used for this purpose.
In New York the leaf is a relatively rare and expensive product, often kept wrapped in tinfoil and usually refrigerated. (It is best kept at room temperature.) Recently while
GOLDBERG HC. THE ALOE VERA PLANT. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(1):46. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510070049008
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