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August 3, 1929


Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C. Chemist, U. S. Department of Agriculture.

JAMA. 1929;93(5):402. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710050056033

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, April 27, I observed a query by John A. Ferguson, M.D., on "Dermatitis from Handling Upholsterer's Gimps," which brought to my mind an experience of a few months past which may be of interest to you.In January of this year I took possession of an apartment in which was a new upholstered easy chair. It was my wont to spend three or four hours in this chair each evening and I noticed that after about a month my forearms began to break out a short time after occupancy of the chair (my sleeves, of course, being rolled up). I hesitate to display my ignorance of dermatology by describing this phenomenon more than to say that the eruption had an appearance very similar to that of hives. There were welts (circular) from 1 to 1.5 cm. in diameter, raised perhaps 20 mm. above the

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