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September 13, 1884

Prickly Heat.

JAMA. 1884;III(11):297. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390600017008

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—Mr. Henry T. Wharton in the Lancet, records a case of this distressing affection in a medical man who was subject to it each summer, after passing the age of thirty years, until it became intolerable. From the conspicuous follicular lichenous inflammation on his back, he could not bear to take a Turkish bath in public or to turn up his shirt sleeves in ever so troublesome an obstetric case. From May to November he was a martyr to his troublesome malady. He consulted all his friends and more than one distinguished specialist. His efforts to get cured were as unremitting as they were unavailing. At last the idea occurred to Mr. Wharton that perhaps the tight short-sleeved India-gauze undershirts worn in the summer were too thin either to absorb the perspiration, or to protect the skin from sudden (but perniciously grateful) chills. They were changed for the thickest long-sleeved

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