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April 18, 1931


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JAMA. 1931;96(16):1331. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720420055031

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To the Editor:  —I should like to confirm the report of Dr. Lain (Nickel Dermatitis: A New Source, The Journal, March 7, p. 771) by mentioning two additional cases.Last summer I saw a young woman who had evidence of an acute dermatitis at the temples and around the ears. There were patches also at the left wrist and on both lateral thighs. Her spectacle frames and wrist-watch bracelet were of white gold; the garter clasps were of nickel plate. The dermatitis, because of its significant localization, suggested the cause, and it in turn cleared promptly when the offending articles were dispensed with or replaced.Since seeing this patient, I saw a second instance with Dr. Arthur G. Schoch. His patient, a middle-aged woman, promptly developed a dermatitis following a change to white gold frames for her spectacles.Without wishing to burden these columns with"just another case," I believe there

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