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July 2, 1932


Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

From the Department of Dermatology, College of Medical Evangelists.

JAMA. 1932;99(1):25-26. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.27410530005007b

Lewis1 has recently reported two cases of dermatitis affecting the feet and ankles, in which the causative agent was definitely proved to be shoe leather. The following case is reported to point out that not all eruptions of the feet are of fungous origin and that other factors must be considered.

REPORT OF CASE  W. S., a man, aged 60, seen, Jan. 12, 1932, had an eruption on the feet which had been present for the past seven months. He had been under the care of several physicians, who had made various diagnoses, including eczema and fungous infection, and had applied various ointments together with twelve ultraviolet ray treatments.There was a marked erythema of both feet on the dorsum, sides and ankles, extending up the ankle to the level of the shoe top and abruptly ending. There were large, thick scales, the size of a finger nail, and