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August 1945


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Spokane, Wash.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(2):117-118. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510260047013

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To the Editor:—About four years ago I prescribed vitamin B complex capsules, fortified with nicotinic acid, thiamine hydrochloride and riboflavin, and hydrochloric acid for 2 patients with mild pellagrous dermatitis. Both of these patients also had a long-standing vitiligo. Since this medication made them feel so much better, they continued taking the preparations. Over a year later these patients consulted me for unrelated conditions and during the consultation mentioned casually that their vitiligo had entirely cleared.

I therefore decided to try this therapy in other cases. Up to the present time I have had 14 patients report results. Seven of these reported that their eruptions had cleared entirely, and 2, that there has been decided improvement. All these patients were given 2 capsules of fortified vitamin B complex and 10 minims (0.6 cc.) of dilute hydrochloric acid after meals. All took the medication from one to

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