During the past three decades, the specialty of dermatology has grown increasingly comprehensive. In fact, the subject of dermatitis has grown to considerable economic importance since the introduction of compensation laws. In a dermatologic case recently referred to me, I found that a dermatitis of the hands and forearms resulted from the handling of sawdust. The occurrence of dermatitis venenata from contact with plants and wood has been known for many years. It is less well known, however, that so apparently innocuous a substance as sawdust contains chemicals that may arouse a disabling occupational disease. The literature contains rather meager references to this subject. It is my purpose in this paper to record an illustrative case.
REPORT OF CASE
—A. S., a married woman, aged 50, a sweeper in a department store, referred to me, Aug. 13, 1931, complained of an intensely itchy eruption of both hands of seven
Levin OL. SAWDUST DERMATITIS. JAMA. 1933;100(8):570–571. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.27420080003008a