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July 1923


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1923;8(1):77-78. doi:10.1001/archderm.1923.02360130080010

Pusey's1 recent article on lacquer dermatitis and Lane's2 articles on the more accurate classification of industrial skin diseases and industrial dermatitis in general, are the incentive of this article on lacquer dermatitis as seen by me at one of our largest pineapple canneries in Hawaii, wherein 1,527,948 cases, averaging twenty-four cans each, wereturned out during the season of 1922. At this cannery, every can passes through a hot bath made of one part of a commercial lacquer and five parts of gasoline.

The clinical appearance of the dermatitis caused by this mixture is so in accord with Pusey's description that I have without question classified it as a lacquer dermatitis, or, to use Lane's classification, dermatosis industrialis (papulovesicular lacquer). It is possible that the gasoline may add to the skin irritation, but I am convinced since reading Pusey's article that the lacquer is the direct cause. In rare

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