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March 12, 1955


Author Affiliations

Department of Dermatology Christian Medical Center Hospital Vellore, South India.

JAMA. 1955;157(11):948. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950280072028

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To the Editor:—  I was very interested in the article entitled "Mango Dermatitis" by Dr. L. C. Goldberg in the Nov. 6, 1954, issue of The Journal, page 954. I was especially surprised to read that case reports were "few and far between." In this area of South India mango dermatitis is so common that patients diagnose it themselves and do not bother to come to the dermatology clinic for this, because they know the disease is selflimited. Frequently, patients coming in for other complaints, when asked about a patch of dermatitis on the face, will dismiss it with the words, "Oh, that is nothing. I have eaten mangoes." Certain mangoes are known to be more likely to sensitize than others. The villagers also know that the sensitizing agent is in the sap which comes from the tree when they pluck the fruit, rather than in the fruit itself. One

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