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Article
January 1950

COMPOUND BENZOIN TINCTURE IN TREATMENT OF VESICULOBULLOUS LESIONS OF MUCOUS MEMBRANES

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;61(1):119-121. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530080125020
Abstract

It often happens that the dermatologist is concerned with vesiculobullous lesions of the mucous membrane of the oral cavity that tax all his skill as a therapeutist. Treatment with compound benzoin tincture has given excellent results in these cases, and, as there are no references to it in recent dermatologic literature, I wish to bring it to the attention of dermatologists.

Benzoin is one of the ancient drugs of pharmacy and has enjoyed its popularity under a masquerade of many romantic names, among them Turlington's balsam, friars' balsam, Wade's balsam, balsam de malthe, Jesuit's drops, St. Victor's balsam, Persian balsam, Swedish balsam and Jerusalem balsam. It is official in the United States Pharmacoepeia and the British Pharmacopeia under the title tinctura benzoini composita. It is prepared by the maceration of a mixture of benzoin, aloe in the form of a moderately coarse powder, storax and tolu balsam in strong alcohol

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