De Sapientia Veterum (The wisdom of the ancients)

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 04 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1094
  1. Rosalind Maskell, retired microbiologist
  1. Rowlands Castle, Hampshire

    On my first firm as a student at “Barts” in the early 1950s I was taught so much more than surgery by two eminent surgeons of the day. One small and seemingly insignificant piece of advice was that painful cracks around the mouth should be treated with Ung Hydrarg Ammon Dil.

    I never forgot this cumbersome name and when, some years later, my family was bothered by such cracks, either beside the mouth or at the tips of the fingers, we had no problem in obtaining the ointment from the local chemist. A minute …

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