Goeckerman treatment

Goeck·er·man treat·ment

a treatment for psoriasis; the involved areas are painted with a solution of coal tar, or are covered with crude coal tar ointment and subsequently irradiated with ultraviolet (UVB).

Goeckerman treatment

An obsolete modality for treating psoriasis using topical tar and ultraviolet light; the forerunner of photochemotherapy with psoralens and ultraviolet A light (PUVA therapy).


William H., U.S. dermatologist, 1884-1954.
Goeckerman light therapy
Goeckerman treatment - a treatment for psoriasis.
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A physician treating a healthy adult with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, for example, could turn to page 30 for an algorithm that begins with topical therapy adds or switches to phototherapy then uses other options alone or in combination: acitretin, Goeckerman treatment, PUVA, methotrexate or cyclosporine, or biologics.