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June 1, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(22):2237. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810220061020

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal, April 20, page 1523, appeared an article by Drs. Norwood and Evans on glove dermatitis, which I read with considerable interest. On Dec. 4, 1939, I saw a patient with the same type of vesiculation, exudation, crusting and scaling as that described by Norwood and Evans. This patient gave a history of contact with tetra-ethyl lead in gasoline while working in and around the oil fields near our city. It may be of interest that the rationale of my mode of therapy consisted of ultraviolet irradiation to the volar and dorsal surface of both hands for sixty seconds at daily intervals for five days. As a supplement, I used salicylic acid 2 per cent, phenol 1 per cent, and Saratoga and rose water ointment in sufficient quantity for a base. The use of white cotton gloves were advocated as mittens to retain the ointment.

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