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August 20, 1910


JAMA. 1910;55(8):642-646. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330080008004

That the primula or primrose, a flowering plant found in many homes as a floral decoration, is frequently the cause of a dermatitis of more or less severe degree, is a fact not sufficiently recognized by the medical profession.

In this country attention was first called to the poisonous property of the species of Primula known as Primula obconica, by J. C. White1 in 1889 and again in 1890, when several cases observed in florists were reported.2 With the exception of case reports by Denston3 and Sweet,4 there have been no further contributions to this subject by American writers, and in the consideration of dermatitis venenata in the latest dermatologic text-books the primula is either omitted entirely or is barely mentioned. This is in marked contrast to the large number of articles on this subject which have appeared in recent years, especially in English and German

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