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August 1957

Therapeutic Results with Solubilized Colorado Shale Oil

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology of the College of Medicine of the University of Cincinnati (L. Goldman, M.D., Director.).

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(2):241-242. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550200085019

Our previously reported therapeutic results with Colorado shale oil1,2 were confirmed both as to indication and efficacy by additional years of experience with several thousand patients with skin diseases.* We have also gained some new insight, e. g., into the problem of carcinogenicity as well as into the relation between the manufacturing methods of the crude oil and its therapeutic properties. These points will be discussed elsewhere, and we want to state only that the carcinogenic hazard can be neglected in therapeutic exposure and that familiarity with the manufacturing process permits the production of identical oils from identical sources. In this communication we wish to give a condensed summary of certain therapeutic aspects.†

The medicinal virtues of the oil and its mixtures were somewhat marred by their messiness. Commercial vehicles either did not completely obviate this drawback or were unsatisfactory for other reasons. We