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April 11, 1931


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Los Angeles

JAMA. 1931;96(15):1251. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720410061029

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To the Editor:  —In the many years that I was in general practice at Salina, Kan., I saw the average number of dermatoses, and treated them in the usual methods with the usual good results. However, during the past summer I had my first personal experience with so-called athlete's foot, which became progressively worse under treatment. Finally, realizing that gasoline is a most active fungicide, in desperation I immersed my feet for six to eight seconds in ordinary commercial "gas," with practically instantaneous relief. While I repeated this foot bath the next day, the irritation had in no way recurred, nor has it to date.Because I have no way of carrying this observation further, since I am on the retired list, and because I believe this observation might be of interest to others, I am asking you to include this in your correspondence column. I should be pleased to

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