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December 3, 1938

THE TREATMENT OF INFANTILE ECZEMA: FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE PEDIATRICIAN

JAMA. 1938;111(23):2113-2117. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.72790490011010
Abstract

In order to discuss treatment intelligently, it is first necessary to indicate briefly what is meant by "infantile eczema."

It would be not only futile but presumptuous for a pediatrician to attempt a definition of the word "eczema" when dermatologists have been trying for years to formulate one that would be satisfactory to every one and have not yet succeeded. Suffice it to say that there is in infancy a certain group of dermatoses which is perhaps best called the "eczematoid" group, and that the dermatoses included in it present certain morphologic and clinical characteristics which set them apart from other dermatoses. The component elements of the group are the seborrheic, the atopic, the contact and the mycotic forms of dermatitis.1 Added to any one of these may be the elements of traumatic or chemical irritation or of pyogenic infection. Combined forms are frequent, and the morphology is so

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