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March 23, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(12):1098. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810120070027

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To the Editor:—  Referring to the Wade-Matthews article "Cutaneous Mucor Infection of the Face" (The Journal, February 3, p. 410), Kovnat and I reported in The Journal Dec. 10, 1932, under the title "Streptotrichosis" one case which, besides presenting all the important characteristics of the acute pulmonary form of the disease, "is the only case, so far as a search of the literature can reveal, that is directly traceable to a chronic skin nodule of the same etiology existing dormant for many years" (Brown, Lawrason: Yearbook of General Medicine, 1933).The acute and chronic cutaneous forms of this disease are well known and amply described by Edith J. Claypole (Human Streptotrichosis and Its Differentiation from Tuberculosis, Arch. Int. Med.14:104 [July] 1914), Flexner (Pseudotuberculosis, J. Exper. Med., 1899) Stein (Fadenpilzerkrankungen, Lehmanns Atlanten, 1931) and others.The disease in itself is rather a common one but seldom recognized. The diagnostic

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