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December 1937

RINGWORM OF THE SCALPV. MECHANISM OF CURE OF INFECTIONS CAUSED BY MICROSPORON LANOSUM

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the Skin and Cancer Unit of the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital, Columbia University.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;36(6):1194-1196. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01480060067012
Abstract

In previous reports1 attention has been drawn to the tendency to spontaneous cure and to the invariably favorable response to the local application of fungicides in patients with ringworm of the scalp caused by Microsporon lanosum. It was shown that epilation by means of roentgen rays or thallium acetate is unnecessary in the treatment of such patients. It has been of interest to note the uniformly good response to treatment when ointments of weak as well as of concentrated strength were employed, and also to observe the regularity of the response to a large number of different applications. When no further infection can be demonstrated in a patch, almost complete or complete epilation has occurred. These observations have led us to be skeptical regarding the specific action of drugs in the treatment of this type of tinea capitis. In order to determine whether cure in these patients could be

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