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January 21, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(3):211. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960380059016

Although dermatophytosis of the feet is usually a minor health problem, it is widespread and at times causes great discomfort and even disability. The causative organism may be found widely dispersed in the environment. It has been difficult to recover from floors, but Ajello and Getz1 have succeeded in doing so. Shoes and socks also harbor the organisms, and they can be removed therefrom only with great difficulty. Broughton2 found that pathogenic fungi were readily recovered from the socks of patients with this disease even after laundering. He learned further that these fungi can survive for at least five months in laundered but unworn socks and then grow under moist conditions, without the aid of any medium other than the fabric and any retained cutaneous scales that might be present. Dyed cutaneous scales were traced through six launderings of woolen socks, but only two launderings of thick broad-mesh

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