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January 1947

ECZEMA AND ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS

Author Affiliations

GALVESTON, TEXAS; MINNEAPOLIS
From the departments of pediatrics of the University of Texas School of Medicine, Galveston, Tex., and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis.

Am J Dis Child. 1947;73(1):1-18. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1947.02020360008001
Abstract

DERMATOLOGIC conditions classified perforce under the comprehensive and admittedly unsatisfactory term "eczema" constitute one of the chief problems encountered in the practice of medicine. True enough, as diagnostic methods have improved, the number of clinical conditions so designated has become fewer. Nevertheless, the various types of chronic dermatitis commonly classified as eczema must be included in such a study as that reported here. The primary purpose of this paper is to present evidence for a possible relationship between a disturbance in essential fatty acid metabolism and the occurrence of eczema.

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