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August 1964

Monsel's Solution: History, Chemistry, and Efficacy

Author Affiliations

SAN FRANCISCO

Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of California School of Medicine.

Clinical Instructor of Dermatology, Division of Dermatology, University of California School of Medicine (Dr. Epstein); Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Vice-Chairman, Division of Dermatology, University of California School of Medicine (Dr. Maibach).

Arch Dermatol. 1964;90(2):226-228. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01600020094022
Abstract

Monsel's solution is simply ferric sulfate solution. Its styptic action depends upon its content of ferric ion, as ferric ion is a powerful protein precipitant. Ferric chloride is a more convenient source of ferric ions than Monsel's solution, National Formulary; a 3.8 molar solution of ferric chloride can replace Monsel's solution as a styptic for minor surgery.

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