THERE are many acceptable methods used in the treatment for pyoderma and infective allergic cutaneous diseases. The timehonored ammoniated mercury has produced good results, but it has a tendency to produce contact sensitization in a large number of patients. Methylrosaniline chloride and other chemical dyes are disagreeable to the patient. The sulfonamide drugs are frequently used by general practitioners in large amounts. Here again the severe and fatal reactions described during the last five years contraindicate their use except in unusual cases.
Even penicillin ointment has recently been condemned because of the present and future possibilities of sensitization. Also, certain strains of pyoderma-producing organisms that are resistant to sulfonamide drugs and penicillin are being observed. Nothing appears to be acceptable for any period of time. Dermatologists are confronted with the cases of toxicity and sensitization; consequently they are prejudiced and may be too critical.
The evaluation of any method of