LEON UNGER, M.D., F.A.C.P.; ALBERT UNGER, M.D.
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To begin with, one must realize that as far as we know corticotropin (ACTH) and cortisone cure nothing. They have been widely used in both allergic and nonallergic conditions, but unless the illness can be successfully combated by other measures, either from without or from within, the basic disease is not changed by these two hormones. As stated in a recent editorial,1 even prolonged use of ACTH or cortisone does not change the allergic state, and recurrences usually follow when the hormones are stopped.
We physicians, as a group, tend to be swept away by new therapeutic agents. The
UNGER L, UNGER A. USE AND ABUSE OF CORTICOTROPIN (ACTH) AND CORTISONE IN ALLERGIC CONDITIONS1. Ann Intern Med. ;40:721–728. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-4-721
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;40(4):721-728.
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