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July 16, 1910


Author Affiliations

Edward Wiggleworth Professor of; Dermatology, Harvard University BOSTON

JAMA. 1910;55(3):209-210. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330030031009

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By furunculosis is generally meant the repeated outbreak of furuncles either singly or in numbers, extending over a period varying from several weeks to many months and even years.

As to the etiology of this condition the last word has by no means been said. We know that, a furuncle is usually, if not always, caused by the infection of a hair or sebaceous follicle with the Staphylococcus pyogenes aureus. We know that furuncles are propagated by auto-inoculation, the new lesion being produced by infection from an old one. We know that diabetes, debility, and albuminuria are conditions that may increase the susceptibility of tbe individual to infection in this way. We know that the development of furuncles is facilitated by external irritants to the skin, of whatever nature. Apart from the above etiologic factors which are present in only a small number of instances, we do not know what

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