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June 1959


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AMA Arch Derm. 1959;79(6):722. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560180096026

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To The Editor:—Reference has been made in recent numbers to the use of synthetic urine and of the natural variety as local application for chronic leg ulcers. Butterworth, T.: A. M. A. Arch. Dermat. 78:91 (July) 1958: Lackenbacher, R. S.: A. M. A. Arch. Dermat. 78:762 (Dec.) 1958. May I add to the record concerning this type of treatment?

Over 20 years ago a captain, who had gone in sailing ships to many parts of the world, told me of a treatment which sailors frequently used in those days to cure chronic sores on their feet. These were known as "salt water sores." Of course, the seamen went barefooted. My informant said they used to keep a pot of urine on the deck and dip their sore feet in it occasionally. He assured me it seemed to produce beneficial results. I have read that "sympathetic powder" and "sympathetic salve"

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