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April 19, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(16):1867. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820160119020

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To the Editor:—  For a rather important reason I have recently explored the literature with regard to whether sensitiveness to vinyl resin is known to develop in man. I have found only one report (Occupational Dermatitis from Handling Resin-Lined Tin Cans, The Journal, Aug. 10, 1940, p. 448) in which sensitiveness to vinyl resin has been presumed. Schwartz and Russell observed a dermatitis confined chiefly to the cubital spaces and axillas of persons handling unused tin cans coated with an enamel. Three of the affected workers were given patch tests with a metallic colored dust collected from the traveling belt which conveyed the cans. After twenty-four hours two of the three persons showed a positive reaction. Although the dust was found to contain principally tin, iron and resin, it is not certain that the offending substance was a metal, a resin or other substances that might be present on a

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