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Article
June 1945

LOW POTASSIUM DIET IN TREATMENT OF PSORIASIS

Author Affiliations

PHILADELPHIA

From the Allergy Department (Dr. Erich Urbach) and the Medical Department (Dr. Mitchell Bernstein), Jewish Hospital.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;51(6):398-401. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510240044009
Abstract

During the past twenty-five years a great majority of the investigations relating to the cause and treatment of psoriasis have been based on the concept that the psoriatic lesions are a local cutaneous expression of a generalized and constitutional disturbance. The underlying disturbance has been variously considered as owing to faults in metabolism involving proteins,1 carbohydrates2 or fats3; to vitamin depletion, particularly vitamins C4 and D,5 and to endocrine disturbances related to the thymus,6 thyroid,7 pituitary,8 gonads,9 adrenals10 or pancreas.11

The literature is both dogmatic and confusing. Evidence presented in support of each concept is for the most part balanced by reports expressing doubt or outright refutation. Striking "before and after" photographs are presented as visual proof of the benefits of a low nitrogen diet, a low fat diet or the use of adrenal cortex extract.

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