Medicine: Making Negroes White

Vitiligo, or "piebald skin," is a disease that can be badly disfiguring in Negroes. It is characterized by smooth, light-colored patches of skin from which the natural pigment has disappeared. When it attacks the face, vitiligo sometimes produces a mottled, owlish visage. Victims usually cover the splotches with makeup or, in desperation, resort to tattooing—which rarely helps. Georgetown University's Dr. Robert Stolar last week announced that he got dramatic results from treating vitiliginous Negroes with a drug called monobenzyl ether of hydroquinone (MBEHQ). The drug's effect; it turns Negro skin white.

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