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May 26, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;128(4):303. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860210059019

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)April 21, 1945.

The Physiologic Problem of Tickle Due to Wool Next the Skin  The director of research to the Wool Industries Association, Mr. B. H. Wilsdon, states in his annual report that a physiologic problem arises in the use of wool next the skin—that of tickle. This he describes as an idiosyncrasy for which no adequate explanation has been given. There is evidence that the reaction can be moderated when wool is given chemical treatment, such as that afforded by papain, which reduces the scaliness of the fiber. But he avoided claiming that this treatment produces "nontickle fiber." He believed that certain sensitive subjects may still react. The type of reaction may be quite dissimilar in different cases. The possibility must not be disregarded that some degree of tickle may be of hygienic value in stimulating the skin and controlling the peripheral circulation.


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