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October 18, 1947


Author Affiliations

St. Joseph, Mo.; San Antonio, Texas

JAMA. 1947;135(7):429-432. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.62890070001008

Maduramycosis has been considered practically synonymous with so-called Madura foot, a term coined by the natives of India in the vicinity of Madura, one of the districts in which the disease is endemic. In Bocarro's (1893) series1 of 100 cases, 93 involved the foot, 3 the hand and 2 the leg and trunk, respectively. Fungous infections are widely distributed throughout tropical and subtropical zones. Maduramycosis is occasionally seen in Africa, Europe, South America, Mexico and the United States, chiefly in Texas. However, of the 38 cases which have been reported in this country, only 11 (Downing and Conant,2 [1945]) can be classified as maduramycosis as proved by culture of the organism. Our case belongs in the latter category.

REPORT OF CASE  A. T., a boy aged 8 years, was born and reared in Placitas, N. Mex., and had never been out of his native state. He was admitted

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