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December 1961

Thin Pliable Plastic Films in Topical Dermatologic Therapy

Author Affiliations


Professor Emeritus, Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, New York University School of Medicine and New York University Post-Graduate Medical School (Dr. Sulzberger).

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology, New York University Post-Graduate Medical School, Consultant, Veteran's Administration Hospital, New York, Consultant to the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, New York (Dr. Witten).

Arch Dermatol. 1961;84(6):1027-1028. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580180143024

The purpose of this short communication is to report on the use of thin, flexible plastic films in the management of selected diseases of the skin.

We originally communicated this addition to topical therapy to Marcus R. Caro for use in his "What's New and What's True of What's New?" presentation at the December, 1960, meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology and Syphilology. We have continued to use and to evaluate this therapeutic procedure1 and now wish to report briefly on some of its applications and some details of its use.

Originally our use of the plastic film was modeled after the report of the late Dr. John Garb2 who employed it as a means for keeping podophyllin ointment in place in the management of certain hyperkeratotic nevi. For the past 11 months we have used thin, flexible plastic films as the covering dressing for selected medicated

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