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A case of tar cancer was recently described by Dr. Balduzzi of the Clinica Dermosifilopatica in Padua, as occurring in an old man who, for many years, was engaged in building boats and covering them with pitch. The skin changes, consisting of lesions of various types (pigmentations, folliculitis, varicosities, and the like), were found on various parts of the face and limbs. When subjected first to radium therapy and then to surgical intervention, the tumor retrogressed. This is one of the few cases of tar cancer ever described in Italy. In England, 133 cases were reported during the period 1920-1923.
An Information Bureau for Physicians
A bureau of information of a technical and scientific nature has recently been established at Turin under the title "Ufficio pro Medico," or physicians' bureau. Its purpose is the promotion of intellectual and cultural relations, in the medical field, between Italy and other
ITALY. JAMA. 1927;89(12):981-982. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690120057026