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August 4, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(14):987-993. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860310001001

The various "eczematoid" dermatoses which begin on the hands and remain limited primarily to the hands and lower part of the arms constitute about 10 per cent of the cutaneous disturbances seen in private practice or a dermatologic clinic. These dermatoses as a group have been discussed and classified by Chipman,1 Andrews and Barnes,2 Ayres and Anderson,3 Wise and Wolf,4 Davidson and Birt5 and Stokes, Lee and Johnson.6 Single types of dermatoses belonging to this group have been investigated and frequently discussed. Engman,7 Fordyce8 and Sutton9 described infectious eczematoid dermatitis. Pollitzer10 discussed a condition which he called "recurrent eczematoid affection of the hands" and differentiated this condition from nummular eczema. Mitchell11 emphasized the role played by streptococci in producing dermatoses of the hands. Williams12 considered the relationship between hand dermatoses (ids) and active fungous infections of the feet.

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