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June 1970


Author Affiliations

Chief, Dermatology Service Veterans Administration Hospital 1201 NW 16th St Miami, Fla 33125

Arch Dermatol. 1970;101(6):700. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000060070018

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To the Editor.—  The comments of Johnson and Fusaro about the water content of the skin changing under occlusive tape and, therefore, changing all values which would be related to such parameters as the wet weight of the tissue were of interest and certainly were pertinent to the study. In view of the comment, I have applied the placebo tape to normal skin for a period of six days and then removed an area of skin from under the tape and an area of skin which had not been exposed to tape and determined the wet and dry weights on both of these specimens. The specimens weighed 113 mg and 88 mg respectively, prior to drying. After drying they weighed 54 mg and 40.5 mg respectively, that is, a water content of 52.2% for the occlusive side and a 53.9% for the nonoccluded side. The difference is certainly not significant

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