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March 1968


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Technical Director Globe Manufacturing Co. Fall River, Mass

Arch Dermatol. 1968;97(3):348. doi:10.1001/archderm.1968.01610090120026

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To the Editor.—  We note that in the January 1967 issue of the Archives two different articles were written on the subject of contact dermatitis due to spandex, one by Robert Dickey, MD, Danville, Pa (95:89-90, 1967) and the other by Paul S. Porter, MD, and Robert G. Sommer, MD, Hanover, NH (95:43-44, 1967).In one of these articles, one well-known brand was specifically named as producing contact dermatitis, while the other named the same brand and one other as not producing dermatitis. Both articles also suspected the presence of mercaptobenzothiazole as the possible cause of dermatitis in suspected brands. Our product, Glospan, does not and has never contained MBZ nor are we aware of any spandex made commercially today that has any reason to contain it.We offer no comment on how two articles exhibiting diametrically opposed results appeared in the same volume of your periodical, but

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