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To the Editor:—
The communication by Saferstein et al in the Nov 30, 1964, issue of The Journal on endothrix ringworm gives evidence of the steadily increasing interest in careful mycological investigations. Other than reference to an excellent textbook, there is no evidence that the authors surveyed the pertinent literature. Endothrix ringworm may be a "new public health problem in Philadelphia," but this disease should not be referred to any longer as "an uncommon disease in the northern part of the United States."In my report "Trichophyton Tonsurans Ringworm: Contribution to Epidemiology and Rare Clinical Manifestations" ( Brit J Derm66: 229, 1954) reference is made to several papers dealing with this type of infection in New York City, including our own observation at Bellevue Skin Clinic. In a six-year period (1947-1953), we found a total of 44 patients with T tonsurans infection. Moreover, seven patients at the Mt. Loretta Home,
Reiss F, Saferstein HL. Endothrix Ringworm. JAMA. 1965;191(7):603. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080070087027