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Warts, molluscum and things that go bump on the skin: a practical guide
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    Dear Editor,

    Dr Roberts questions the point of treating warts and molluscum which are benign and will often spontaneously resolve, and expresses concern about discussing these methods of treatment at all. In terms of the former, I regret that I did not more explicitly state that the so-called "tincture of time" is, by far, the preferred method of treating these lesions. The focus of the review is on those cas...

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    Dear Editor

    The August edition of ADC Education and Practice supplement prominently displays on the front cover an infant receiving treatment for molluscum lesions on the thigh. The associated article on the management of warts and molluscum contagiosum explores available treatment options and the differential diagnosis of these benign skin infections.

    What messages are conveyed in this review of Nort...

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    Warts, molluscum and things that go bump on the skin: A practical guide
    • Helen M Goodyear, Consultant Paediatrician
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      • Saleem M Taibjee, Consultant Paediatric Dermatologist Birmingham Childrens Hospital

    Dear Editor,

    We read this article with concern. Incorrect and potentially harmful messages may be relayed to paediatricians, especially to those in training and other healthcare professionals.

    Dr Lio asserts that Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) leads to stagnation in medicine and therapeutic nihilism, and expresses his concerns of EBM as a “philosophy in treating actual human beings”. Unfortunately this is rath...

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