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May 4, 1929


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JAMA. 1929;92(18):1507-1508. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700440015008

One of the biggest problems in public health work that is at the present time interesting college physicians, physicial educators, military and industrial organizations, athletic clubs and bathing resorts is epidermomycosis. This term is used by Weidman of Philadelphia to obviate the various names given to mycotic infections of the skin commonly known as ringworm.

At the University of California, during the fall semester of 1928, when a compulsory physical examination was conducted for all freshman entrants, it was found, on carefully searching and examining the toes of 3,105 freshmen, that 52⅓ per cent of the men and 15⅓ per cent of the women were infected with ringworm of the feet. This significant fact is evidence that the incidence of the disease is increasing and that it is very common, having already permeated high schools and secondary schools, wherever gymnasium and bath ing facilities exist.

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