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Healthy Skepticism Library item: 18267

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Publication type: Journal Article

Mansi I
The violet medicine
Lancet 2003 Jan 18; 361:(9353):268
http://www.lancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(03)12266-0/fulltext


Abstract:

Agynaecologist consulted me at my practice in rural Kansas about a patient of his-a woman who had extensive skin infection with co-morbid medical conditions. I recommended a skin swab and culture and advised a carefully selected intravenous antibiotic. The gynaecologist refused my suggestion and told me that she had already ordered Gentian Violet for the skin infection. “I practised medicine in Panama for 2 years, and I know that Gentian Violet is an effective treatment”, he said when he saw my …

 

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