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October 1949


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1949;60(4):629. doi:10.1001/archderm.1949.01530040157014

Experimental work of Wile and Kingery1 on the etiology of molluscum contagiosum led them to conclude that the disease is due to a filtrable virus. Further reports on the value of the drug aureomycin in diseases of the rickettsiavirus group led us to try it on a widespread case of molluscum contagiosum.

C. S. presented himself in our office with a generalized eruption of molluscum contagiosum, with what we estimated to be three hundred lesions on the trunk and extremities. There was a history of the appearance of a dozen or so lesions on the trunk at first, and of the condition's becoming generalized a few days after a massage in a Turkish bath. A few of the lesions were curetted, more for diagnostic purposes than for any other, because it seemed hopeless to try to treat so many lesions by this method.

We prescribed aureomycin, 250 mg.

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