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December 1958

SYNTHETIC URINE AS A LOCAL THERAPEUTIC AGENT IN DERMATOLOGY

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AMA Arch Derm. 1958;78(6):762. doi:10.1001/archderm.1958.01560120082015

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Abstract

To the Editor: In the article on synthetic urine as a local therapeutic agent, by Thomas Butterworth (A. M. A. Arch. Dermat. 78:91 [July] 1958), the superiority of this treatment of necrotic leg ulcers has been found.

I remember having treated a patient 35 years ago, who tried her old home remedy, compresses with her own urine, to get rid of deep large leg ulcers.

The patient, a female cook in her sixties, came to my office with her employer, an old general of World War I fame, in Austria. She was suffering from extended acute oozing dermatitis of both legs up to the knees and had used urine compresses for more than a week to heal her large leg ulcers.

The patient and the general stated that urine compresses have been a well-known home remedy for chronic leg ulcers in the eastern part of Austria (now Hungary and

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