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March 1947

POSSIBLE BENEFIT FROM PROTEIN HYDROLYSATES FOR EXFOLIATIVE DERMATITIS

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LANCASTER, PA.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;55(3):397. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520030090015

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Abstract

This observation is submitted in the hope that it may initiate study and verification by physicians who have access to more clinical material than I.

I am reporting 2 cases of chronic generalized exfoliative dermatitis in which the patients appeared to improve from oral therapy with amino acids after usual measures had failed.

REPORT OF CASES 

Case 1.—  The skin of a white man aged 64 had desquamated for two and a half years. According to him, the attack had started from industrial "oil poisoning" and had resisted all previous attempts at treatment. After fourteen days of ingestion of protein hydrolysate, four months previous to the writing of this paper, he was almost well.

Case 2.—  In a white woman aged 28, with a definite history of psoriasis for at least ten years, there developed generalized exfoliation of five months' duration. Six weeks after receiving amino acids orally, she showed

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