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January 1983

60 YEARS AGO IN THE AJDC: The Treatment of Flat Warts by the Internal Administration of Mercury

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(1):31. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140270027009

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Ten patients ranging in age from 3½ to 46 years were treated with mercurous iodid tablets in a dose of ¼ grain three times daily for two to four weeks. Of these patients, only five were 18 years or younger. The flat warts were located on the hands, arms, or feet. Of the group, five responded to treatment, with four of the five being among the younger group. A response to treatment was noted within a few weeks of therapy but was not always complete. At a meeting of the New York Dermatological Society, some physicians shared the author's euthusiasm, but others were less enthusiastic. Other practices in wart treatment included radium and roentgen-ray.—Howard Fox, MD, New York (January 1923;25:55-58).

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