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October 3, 1931


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Albany, N. Y. Medical Supervisor of Schools

JAMA. 1931;97(14):1020-1021. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730140056030

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To the Editor:  —I have read with much interest Osborne and Hitchcock's article "The Prophylaxis of Ringworm of the Feet" as it appeared in The Journal, August 15. I found their contribution valuable for two particular reasons: It offers a practical means of preventing probably the most common of all skin disorders. Secondly, there are bacteriologic conclusions to substantiate the clinical observations.In reference to their article, there are important points I should like to discuss. In comparing their use of from 0.5 to 1 per cent solution of sodium hypochlorite (a modified Dakin or Labarraque solution) with mine of from 3 to 15 per cent sodium thiosulphate (The Journal, April 18), Osborne and Hitchcock state concerning the latter that "carrying this chemical into the pool may have disastrous consequences because of the reduction of sodium hypochlorite [in the pool] to sodium chloride." With my procedure there was no danger

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