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May 3, 1913


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JAMA. 1913;60(18):1339-1342. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340180001001

Although mycetoma, or Madura foot, was described by Kaempfer1 in 1712, its occurrence, or rather its recognition, in America is of quite recent date. Of the cases originating in this country, that described by Adami and Fitzpatrick2 is probably the first. Their patient was a French Canadian, 21 years old, a native of Montreal who had never been outside of Canada. Parkes' patient3 had previously resided in India, and in the case described by Kemper and Jameson4 the course of the disease was so rapid and the pain so great that, in the absence of corroborative microscopic evidence, a diagnosis of mycetoma may safely be excluded. In the example reported by Hyde and Senn5 the patient was a dental student, 20 years of age, a native and resident of Iowa. Artwine and Lamb's6 case occurred in a Mexican laborer, 45 years old, and Pope