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June 1963


Arch Dermatol. 1963;87(6):760-764. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590180088021

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Multicentric Basal Cell Epitheliomata. Presented by Dr. Wilbur B. Hurlbut.

History.—A 58-year-old white man began developing reddish slightly scaly plaques on the trunk in 1927. Since then, many lesions have been treated with x-ray, electrodesiccation, and trichloroacetic acid. He took Gray's glycerine tonic in his youth, and at age 13 he believes he took a tonic containing arsenic.

Examination.—Scattered over the trunk are erythematous slightly scaly plaques with slight elevation and induration and scarred areas with telangiectases.


Dr. Adrian Brodey: It is amazing how many cases we still see today developing multiple basal cell epitheliomas as a result of the ingestion of arsenic. However, the cases that we now see are principally those who have taken the Gay treatment in Biloxi, Miss; this is a remedy for asthma which contains Fowler's solution. I can think of three patients, offhand, that I have seen in the last year

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