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April 1945

NUTRITIONAL SURVEY OF THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-FOUR DERMATOLOGIC PATIENTS

Author Affiliations

DURHAM, N. C.

From the Section on Dermatology and Syphilology of the Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;51(4):266-269. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510220040009
Abstract

Since the skin frequently shows signs that are attributed to dietary deficiency, it seemed desirable to survey patients with various dermatologic conditions to determine what part, if any, their dietary status played in the production of their cutaneous diseases. At Duke Hospital in the nine month period from October 1942 to June 1943, 354 patients seen in the dermatologic clinic were studied for physical signs and biochemical changes in the blood suggesting nutritional disease or preclinical deficiency. These data are presented herein, with analyses made on a seasonal basis for the group as a whole and by specific disease when 3 or more patients had the same clinical picture. The laboratory tests were made only on the blood and included determinations of ascorbic acid, vitamin A, carotene and hemoglobin and red blood cell counts, hematocrit readings and calculation of mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular hemoglobin content and

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