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September 1945

Medical Uses of Soap: A Symposium

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(3):219. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510270077024

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This book is a collection of sketchy discourses on the various detergents used to cleanse the skin, with particular emphasis being given to soap. The title, therefore, is somewhat misleading, not only in this respect but also with regard to the medical uses of soap, as no mention is made of its use in the preparation of pills, plasters and liniments, as an emulsifying agent or as an antidote for poison. The final chapter contains some data regarding its application other than as a detergent and keratolytic, but this section consists of but six pages of brief paragraphs, culled from the literature of the last twenty years.

The subjects discussed are well chosen. The introductory chapter is devoted to a discussion of the various technologic aspects of soap, including its physicochemical properties and those of soapless detergents. The author's description of the manufacture of the various types

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