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April 1927

FUNGUS DISEASES OF THE SKIN CLINICAL ASPECTS AND TREATMENT

Author Affiliations

Professor of Dermatology, Harvard University; Chief of the Dermatological Department of the Massachusetts General Hospital

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1927;15(4):387-414. doi:10.1001/archderm.1927.02370280003001
Abstract

I have been asked by the council of the association to present the clinical aspects of the fungus diseases of the skin. For the sake of comparative brevity, I shall limit myself to the consideration of the more newly recognized types of fungus infections, i. e., so-called epidermophytosis, dermatitis saccharomycetica and cutaneous thrush.

EPIDERMOPHYTOSIS  These conclusions are based entirely on a study of my private records of 1,013 examples observed from 1910 to 1925, inclusive.It is obvious from the figures in table 1 that this infection was, only a relatively few years ago, comparatively uncommon. Perhaps dermatologists were unfamiliar with its characteristics. They undoubtedly were ignorant up to a certain point but the subsequent increase in knowledge in no way accounts for the steady and rapid rise in the incidence of the disease from year to year, certainly not after 1915. The striking increase in the prevalence of the

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