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March 1970


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4224 Osage Ave Philadelphia

Arch Dermatol. 1970;101(3):373. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000030117030

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To the Editor.—  In the Archives of Dermatology (Treatment of vitiligo with topical methoxsalen and Blacklite. 100:224-229 [Aug] 1969), Dr. Fulton and associates have reported how "A promising and effective treatment of vitiligo macules consists of topical application of methoxsalen with subsequent exposure to long-wave ultraviolet light."The results may be promising but one wonders in what way these are superior to the use of other sources of ultraviolet light at least for those who have relatively more experience in treating this disorder. We ourselves have treated over 500 patients of vitiligo in two different parts of India with topical methoxsalen followed by exposure to sun rays, exposure time being graduated individually based on color of skin, time of day, severity of sun, and patient's response. The results had been very encouraging.The authors have claimed superiority for Blacklite over other sources of ultraviolet light, without even attempting to

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