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July 25, 1953


Author Affiliations


Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Tufts College Medical School.

JAMA. 1953;152(13):1218-1219. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.63690130012007b

Skin eruptions among office workers are not common and thus have been seldom reported, but, inasmuch as they do comprise about 3% of the cases seen by the actively practicing industrial dermatologist, there has been a definite need of more literature on this subject. Prior to this writing, infrequent reference has been noted to unconnected cases of dermatitis from carbon paper and from contact with glue and typewriter ribbons. Schwartz, Tulipan, and Peck,1 in pointing out that office workers may also suffer from erythema ab igne and dermatitis from the glue on stamps and envelopes, have urged that more attention be given to recording correlated cases of eruptions treated among office workers.

This is a report based on an analysis of 1,213 patients treated by me, all of whose dermatoses were proved to be caused by industrial factors. Among them were 36 office workers, who contacted the conditions as