Medicine: Athlete's Foot

One widely touted "cure" for athlete's foot should not be sold to the public, announced the Food & Drug Administration. Reason: this particular mixture, composed of camphor and phenol (carbolic acid) "is capable of producing necrosis [gangrene] and is too dangerous for indiscriminate use." According to the Administration, phenol-camphor should be sold only on a physician's prescription, must be labeled POISON, and be plastered with warnings, instructions, first-aid directions in case of accident.

To combat athlete's foot (dermatophytosis)—the itch caused by the toe-burrowing fungi dermatophytes which infest locker rooms and swimming pools—there are at least a hundred bland salves and powders...

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