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Corns. A thickening of the epidermis originating from undue friction or pressure may proceed to such a degree as to result in the production of a horny outgrowth or excrescence, to which the term corn is applied. This condition commonly obtains in the human foot as the result of ill-fitting boots, and may, if neglected, give rise to much annoyance. Treatment consists first in removing the cause of the trouble, that is to say, a boot which does not exert undue pressure upon any prominence of the foot must be obtained. This done, the fresh development of corns will become a thing of the past. In the second place an existing corn may require to be dealt with by special measures, so as to reduce the foot to its natural condition. The employment of a corn plaster to remove pressure from the surface of the corn is usually sufficient to secure this, or the spot may be painted with some such application as the preparation containing salicylic acid, collodion, and extract of cannabis indica, which is now so largely employed.