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October 1947


Author Affiliations


Formerly Major, Medical Corps, Army of the United States.; From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Dr. Donald M. Pillsbury, Director.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;56(4):459-461. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520100055008

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A HIGHLY successful method of treatment of plantar warts, without complications and without roentgen rays, is presented. Numerous methods of treatment have been proposed, but none has been entirely satisfactory. The method described in this report is simple, requires little equipment, does not disable the patient, cures a high percentage and causes no complications or painful sequelae. It is particularly useful when adequate roentgen ray therapy is not available or has failed to destroy the lesion.

The method used aims to overcome the two main problems of the treatment of plantar verrucae, namely, the inaccessibility of the lesion and the adequate destruction of its substance without producing a painful scar. The verruca is made accessible by applying a thick ring pad around the lesion so that when the patient bears weight on the foot the verruca is extruded through the hole. Adequate destruction of the lesion is accomplished with the

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