THE ROLE OF THE PUS-ORGANISMS IN THE PRODUCTION OF SKIN DISEASES.
GEORGE T. ELLIOT, M.D., Professor of Dermatology, Cornell University Medical College.
Whitlow, also known as panaritum, tourniole, etc., has been also ascribed to the pyogenic staphylococci. Garré found the staphylococci aureus and albus in thirty-one cases, and attempted inoculation experiments on himself. It was not, however, wholly sucessful, only a subepithelial collection of pus being the result. Unna claims that both the staphylococcus and the streptococcus are concerned in panaritum. Vogt has described, a whitlow peculiar to fishermen and fish-canners, and associated with pustular eczema and furuncles. The staphylococcus aureus and albus were the especial germs found, but the bacillus prodigiosus and its congeners were also present. Bois di Sevrin also described a special felon in sardine-canners, in which a peculiar coccobacillus was found, both in the whitlows and in the sardines.
JOURNAL OF CUTANEOUS AND GENITO-URINARY DISEASES.. Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(2):170. doi: