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September 14, 1946


Author Affiliations

New York
From the Department of Dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and from Vanderbilt Clinic.

JAMA. 1946;132(2):67-70. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870370013005

The recent widespread increase in fungous infections of the scalp has emphasized the need for a simple, effective method of treatment. From Jan. 1, 1943 to May 1, 1945 among the patients admitted to the Vanderbilt Clinic there were 928 new cases of tinea capitis in which the diagnosis was confirmed by identification of the fungi under the direction of Dr. Rhoda W. Benham. Of these 96.9 per cent were proved by culture to be due to infection with Microsporon audouini, for which the only reliable method of treatment is epilation with x-rays. In attempting to devise a simpler and safer method of treatment four means of attack seemed worthy of exploration: (1) the application of recently developed effective fungicides to the scalp, (2) the employment of special solvents and vehicles that might penetrate the hair follicle and the keratin of the hair, (3) the use of cataphoresis to carry

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