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September 1945


Author Affiliations

Camden, N. J.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(3):185. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510270043015

To the Editor:—Dr. Erich Urbach, of Philadelphia, in his letter on ``Erythema Multiforme: Its Relationship to Herpes Simplex" in the Archives (51:228 [March] 1945) suggests the use of methenamine to shorten the course of herpes labialis and erythema multiforme. He mentions a case (with photograph) in his book on allergy (New York, Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1943, p. 902) of the occurrence of both herpes labialis and erythema multiforme in the same patient.

Since a noted dermatologist and allergist from a great medical center writes a special letter concerning his successful treatment of herpes and erythema multiforme with methenamine, readers of the letter may assume that this is a new form of treatment, as no references to previous reports of its use are included in Dr. Urbach's letter.

May I call attention to the early reports on the use of methenamine in the therapy of herpes