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July 27, 1907


Author Affiliations

Assistant Surgeon, U. S. Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service. FORT STANTON, N. M.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(4):329. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320040041003b

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While so much is being written of the dermatitis caused by the brown tail moth and other agents, a narration of the following case may be of slight interest:

The patient was Mrs. R., 59, married, the mother of four children. While in attendance for an attack which proved to be appendicitis, I noticed a suffusion of the face and made inquiry thereto. She gave a history of having suffered from a most obstinate dermatitis for three years, with occasional exacerbations and remissions. Itching and burning were intolerable and at times a severe conjunctivitis was also present. She had consulted various physicians, together with one or two specialists, and had persistently followed the usual course of treatment with salines, ointments, and alteratives, until finally some one had introduced her to the term "dyscrasia," which she had seized avidiously, becoming resigned to her fate. Accompanying her husband on his annual trips

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