JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
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.
Blue Toes.Blue Toes.. JAMA. 2003;289(3):366. doi:10.1001/jama.289.3.366-a