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March 18, 1944


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, service of Dr. F. E. Senear.

JAMA. 1944;124(12):751-756. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850120009003

The modern habit of wearing shoes that encase the foot has endowed the surface of the foot with the warmth and moisture that make it an excellent culture medium for the growth of fungi. Pathogenic fungi have no doubt always made the foot a site for various cutaneous infections, but it is only in recent years that such infections have attracted dermatologic interest. Ormsby and Mitchell1 in 1916 made the first comprehensive report in the United States of a large series of cases in which fungi were demonstrated microscopically. Since then fungous infections of the foot have increased to become among the most common cutaneous disorders. Direct microscopic examination of scrapings and the use of cultural methods for demonstrating the presence of fungi have made it possible to recognize many cases that might otherwise have been misplaced under some other diagnosis. Unquestionably, however, there must in addition have been

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