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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 15, 2003

Blue Toes.Blue Toes.

Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(3):366. doi:10.1001/jama.289.3.366-a

Miscellany.—Dr. Arthur Hall, Sheffield, England, has described cases of blue toes which at first were completely baffling to all attempts to learn their cause. It was found that acid perspiration decomposed the black dye of the stockings. The discoloration appeared between the toes. In another case a woman who wore a dark purple blouse had discoloration of the axillæ, while the arms and parts of the body in contact with the blouse were uncolored. These facts led to the suspecting the dye and proving it to be, in connection with the sweat, the source of the phenomenon.