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September 1977

Frequency of Skin Lesions in Chronic Drinkers

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(9):1300. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640090148042

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Abstract

To the Editor.—  I read Dr J. Margolis's letter on "Frequency of Skin Lesions in Chronic Drinkers" in the Archives (112:1326-1327, 1976) and was surprised to see that he was unable to find any reference in medical literature. In 1971, I published with Mr G. Oki, a paper on "Skin Diseases in Alcoholics" in the Quarterly Journal of Studies in Alcohol (32:1017-1024). The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of skin diseases in a population of alcoholics and to compare our findings with those reported by other investigators.A total of 355 patients (307 men and 48 women) were admitted to the inpatient unit of a public hospital for the treatment of alcoholism during a period of two years. Nearly all were examined by a dermatologist within two to three days after admission; a few within a week. In addition to a complete physical examination, information was

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