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July 1944


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From the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;50(1):8-9. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510130011003

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Sulfur is one of the most useful substances available to the dermatologist, but many sulfurcontaining dermatologic formulas as commonly prescribed and dispensed are capable of great improvement. The availability of certain synthetic chemicals and the increasing knowledge of cosmetic bases among pharmacists enable the dermatologist to prescribe preparations which are esthetically more pleasing and of greater therapeutic merit than the preparations now offered.

In order to demonstrate how dermatologic preparations can be improved, two popular types containing sulfur have been chosen as examples. The first of these is a lotion containing precipitated sulfur and camphor. The formula which follows may be considered as typical.

As commonly dispensed, the product of this formula is subject to wide variation. Since suspension of the sulfur is left to the discretion of the pharmacist, this is often not done; and the result is an unsightly preparation in which the

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