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The study of the blood is now a routine procedure in every clinical examination. The internist examines the blood smear as he auscults the heart and the lungs. On the other hand, special clinics have sprung up in which internal disease is studied particularly from the point of view of the blood. In dermatology also we study the blood as part of the routine but as yet, so far as we know, no orderly attempt has been made to study the disease of the skin from the aspect of the blood.
We have chosen for our investigations the following diseases: dermatitis herpetiformis, eczema (of the long standing, dry scaly type), psoriasis, pemphigus, scabies, erythema multiforme, lupus vulgaris, impetigo and dermatitis exfoliativa.
In each of these diseases we have made the white counts and differential counts in the ordinary manner. They have then been charted for each disease. It was felt
TOWLE HP, SWARTZ JH. A STUDY OF THE BLOOD IN SOME COMMON DISEASES OF THE SKIN. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1924;9(5):554–570. doi:10.1001/archderm.1924.02360230012003
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