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January 1920


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1920;1(1):63. doi:10.1001/archderm.1920.02350010070012

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To the Editor.—  I hope Dr. White [The Question of Epidermophyton Infection (A Problem in Dermatological Diagnosis), J. Cutan Dis. 37:50 (August) 1919)] will pardon my suggesting, from personal knowledge, additions to his limited "etiology" of the above condition. Sources of infection may be "laundered" clothing, perhaps "issue" clothes in the army, a toilet seat—femoral cases; borrowed or rented bathing suits, a borrowed slipper, bathing in streams or city swimming pools; possibly marital contact (one case). Athletes' "jock straps" are another source of infection.The disease as affecting the toes and feet is almost endemic, its diffusion seeming undoubtedly due to infection from the floors of public baths and occurring in families who use the same bath rug. This latter method of contraction is particularly menacing in boarding houses.I believe my use of the name "epidermophytosis" (Skin Diseases at an Army Camp. J. Cutan Dis. 37:456 [July]

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