IT WAS quite inevitable that dermatologists, acutely aware of contact agents as a major cause of dermatitis, would eventually get around to a serious and persistent study of soap, to seek out its place in the general problem of simple dermatitis. This study has been done during the past decade, and we may now, with profit, critically survey the findings and conclusions to date.
It is recorded that the Romans brought back soap from the Germanic tribes. In the twenty centuries of the recorded consumption of what may be accepted chemically as soap, the product has been improved and perfected, not only chemically, but also clinically; that is to say, improvement has been made in terms of acceptability as a daily contactant for skin. The last quarter of the past century saw modifications of soap aimed at giving it functions other than mere cleansing. These modifications were essentially two. The
SHARLIT H. SOAP, AND SOAP AS A VEHICLE FOR MEDICAMENTS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1949;59(5):560–567. doi:10.1001/archderm.1949.01520300070010
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