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August 1968

The Goeckerman Treatment of Psoriasis

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn

From the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation: Section of Dermatology (Dr. Perry), Mayo Graduate School of Medicine (University of Minnesota), (Dr. Soderstrom) and Resident in Dermatology (Dr. Schulze).

Arch Dermatol. 1968;98(2):178-182. doi:10.1001/archderm.1968.01610140076019

The Goeckerman regimen of crude coal tar application to all skin areas, followed by ultraviolet irradiations has continued as the basic treatment for the severely involved hospitalized psoriatic patient at the Mayo Clinic. A review indicates ready patient acceptance, good clinical benefit, and an absence of complications from therapy. The average duration of remissions induced by this therapy seems longer than of those occurring spontaneously.

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