Posted December 18, 2006

Doctor Disciplined for Use of Black Salve Containing Bloodroot

The Casewatch website recently reported that Jerome W. Craft, M.D., a surgeon who practices in West Palm Beach, Florida, has signed a settlement agreement under which he was fined and ordered to stop using an escharotic paste, referred to as "black salve." The salve contained bloodroot, a caustic herb that can destroy tissue.

According to Casewatch, the case arose after a woman consulted Dr. Craft about excess skin under her nose. The complaint stated that Dr. Craft had failed to perform a biopsy, determine the exact nature of her condition, or refer her elsewhere when the salve destroyed much of her nose. Meanwhile, two other victims have gone public with their stories. For more information on the case, see the link below. An article about escharotic salves is found on the Quackwatch website.