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Archives a Century Ago |

Society Transactions: New York Dermatological Society.

Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(5):472. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.91.
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A, Black salve—corrosive escharotics, often containing bloodroot. Black salves have their champions for everything from pesky pimples to advanced cancers. B, Gentian violet—personally painting this on his patients' genitalia, my old professor kept his waiting room packed with female Boston Brahmins desperate to relieve their pruritus vulvae. C, Green soap—a translucent, vegetable oil–based soft or liquid soap. Nowadays, the prep solution of choice for the inked and pierced crowd. D, Yellow petrolatum—aka soft paraffin, a purified mixture of semisolid hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. E, Red petrolatum—found service during World War II as a sunscreen, currently used as an industrial lubricant. If there are any other uses, I’d rather not know. F, White petrolatum—plain old petrolatum distilled and decolorized and marked up about 10%.

*Except for the marketing genius of the little blue pill of Viagra (Pfizer Inc, New York, NY) or the purple pill of Nexium (AstraZeneca LP, Wilmington, Delaware).

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