Medicine: Vitamin A for Corns

An Oregon nurse, 37, had corns on her toes since she was 15. Then she began taking large doses of vitamin A—a 100,000-unit capsule daily at bedtime. In three weeks most of her corns disappeared; in two months they were all gone. This surprising cure was reported by Dr. John Vidalin Straumfjord of Astoria, Ore. in Northwest Medicine. Dr. Straumfjord's specialty is studying the importance of vitamin A, which abounds in the livers of Pacific Coast sharks, cod livers, and carrots.

Dr. Straumfjord thinks the cause of corns is more complicated than bad shoes. Vitamin A deficiencies are known sometimes to produce...

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