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December 26, 1931


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JAMA. 1931;97(26):1950-1953. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730260016004

Very little has been written in regard to separation of the fingernails from the nailbeds. Practically nothing has been recorded in regard to such a condition, onycholysis, being related to the industries. Since 1928, I have been called on to determine the industrial status of five cases in which patients claimed that their fingernails had separated in whole or part from the nail beds as a result of their particular occupations. An investigation disclosed that their allegations were correct. The cases all became compensable and, hence, of interest to industrial physicians and insurance companies.

A thorough search of all the available literature failed to disclose any similar cases. Any claim to priority of description of such cases was shattered, however, when in a personal interview Oppenheim told me that he had reported several similar cases in 1910. Although there are some dissimilar features in his cases, there would seem to