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October 2003


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Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(10):1255. doi:10.1001/archderm.139.10.1255

BY JAMES C. WHITE, M.D., Boston, Mass.

Professor of Dermatology, Emeritus, Harvard University.

I DESIRE to place upon record in a collected form for convenient reference a list of the agents which have been observed to produce inflammation of the skin by contact since the publication of my work on Dermatitis Venenata in 1887.

Dr. SHEPHERD wished to speak of a case of rhus poisoning seen last autumn. The patient was a physician's daughter, who suffered from a very severe attack of rhus poisoning. She recovered from this, and the following spring had a recurrence. Investigation showed that the dress which she had worn at the time of the first attack had been put away and not worn again until the following spring, and the wearing of this dress was followed by a recurrence of the dermatitis.

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