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May 17, 1941


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JAMA. 1941;116(20):2258. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.62820200002007a

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We have observed 12 cases of vesicular dermatitis involving mostly the palm of the left hand of girls employed in labeling and capping whisky bottles. Two kinds of glue, lacquered labels and viscos caps were handled. Patch tests with glue, lacquered labels and washed viscos caps gave negative results. However, the fluid in which the viscos caps were shipped to the distillery produced positive reactions in all cases. The girls held several of the viscos caps wet with the preservative shipping fluid in the palm of the left hand preparatory to capping bottles. The dermatitis ensued in varying lengths of time in different persons and involved to a less extent the right hand and the dorsal surfaces of both hands. The shipping fluid was reported to contain 1 to 1.5 per cent of parachlormetacresol. After repeated attempts to obtain the chemical from the logical sources without avail we obtained parachlormetacresol

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