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OVERTREATMENT DERMATITIS IN DERMATITIS VENENATA DUE TO PLANTS

G. B. UNDERWOOD, M.D.; L. EDWARD GAUL, M.D.
JAMA. 1948;138(8):570-582. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900080028007.
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Acute cutaneous symptoms can cause a psychic upset to the same degree as that observed when other organs of the body become ill, perhaps even more so, because the skin is an organ of special sense and gives rise to multiple sensory stimuli. A person at an outing may win all the prizes, but that night he can be pacing the floor, so mentally harassed that he calls out for relief from symptoms of dermatitis due to plants. The itching and burning can so torment him that he is not responsible for his actions. Patients thus afflicted will apply remedy after remedy, blindly groping for relief. In view of this panic-like state which may seize persons with acute cutaneous symptoms, it is their privilege that remedies for the skin in the family medicine chest and purchased by them be reasonably safe. Evidence will be presented that many of these remedies

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