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June 29, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(9):1010. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980090064020

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To the Editor:—  The first sentence of the letter to the Editor of Carroll S. Wright and Donald N. Tschan of Temple University (The Journal, May 4, page 92) does not correspond with my experience. Cases of cashew nut dermatitis comprise about 60% of my compensation cases. The locality of my dermatological practice may be related to the number of cases, because the condition affects longshoremen who unload cashew oil from ship to shore. The amount of cashew nuts which is unloaded, however, must by necessity affect more people who are using the oil in industry. This dermatitis might not be as rare as it was thought to be, as the diagnosis is probably frequently missed.

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