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July 23, 1932


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Toledo, Ohio

JAMA. 1932;99(4):301. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.27410560004008b

This case is interesting because of its unusual etiology, and also because it was at first mistaken for an industrial dermatosis.

P. S. N., a plumber, aged 50, first consulted me, Oct. 27, 1931, with an ill defined brownish erythematous scaling eczematoid eruption on the hands and wrists, less pronounced on the palms. The eruption was of six weeks' duration and was thought to have been caused by contact with some occupational irritant. It subsided in three weeks with the use of a mild protective antipruritic ointment and fractional doses of roentgen rays. The continued use of zinc oxide ointment as a protective measure was advised.

April 2, 1932, the patient reappeared with an acute erythematous vesicular eruption on the hands, which was said to have appeared within four hours after he had worn deerskin gloves, which he had not put on since October, 1931, the date of the first

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