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January 1954


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AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1954;69(1):104. doi:10.1001/archderm.1954.01540130106012

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Most physicians are at times faced with the problem of having their patients remove the stains of potassium permanganate. It has been such a problem that many physicians have failed to prescribe it for that one factor, even though some dermatologists maintain that it is the most effective single medicine that can be used in acute dermatoses. A simple, safe, and entirely satisfactory means of removing the stain has been found.

One of our recent patients who had used potassium permanganate in caring for poultry laughed at our apologies at prescribing the soaks and said that removal of the stain was no chore. She said that her mother had told her to make a fresh mixture of cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate) and hydrogen peroxide, both common household materials, so that a thin paste is made. When this mixture is applied to the stain, the latter will vanish with

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