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November 1959


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AMA Arch Derm. 1959;80(5):592-593. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560230078021

To the Editor:—In a previous paper, Scott and I reported on experiments which suggested that the course of experimentally induced skin inflammation was not altered by external application of hydrocortisone, if applied after the inflammatory stimulus was set.1

Nevertheless, and in apparent contradiction to these findings, we have been impressed with the satisfactory effect of hydrocortisone creams in a number of inflammatory skin disorders, including contact dermatitis.2 A great number of reports on the efficacy of steroid ointments in contact dermatitis has been published from all over the world, and it appears that these preparations are used routinely by the majority of dermatologists in their daily practice.

Kligman, in his excellent article on poison ivy dermatitis3 digressed to castigate the indiscriminate use of steroid ointments in various skin diseases and singled out, as an example, our clinical report on the effect of hydrocortisone creams

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