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It is ten years since Sabouraud published his magnificent work on ringworm, and yet Hartzell says that in respect to this disease all except dermatologists are still groping in Cimmerian darkness. Perhaps Hartzell's statement is rather optimistic, for some, instead of groping, seem to be firmly planted with their backs toward the light. A little groping would enable them to approach sufficiently near the sources of illumination for comparatively clear vision. Public health officials might be cited as an example of this lack of illumination. By approaching the light a little they might see that the most frequent variety of ringworm recognized by them — ringworm of the scalp in children — is a disease that can be cured promptly, and that the loss of time to the affected child, and the danger of its transmission to others, make it a disease worthy of serious attention. A slightly closer approach