The preference of erysipelas for the face is well known. Dr. Joseph Doane in analyzing 1,828 cases at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, found that 1,531, or 84 per cent, involved the face. He added Boston's and Ander's collection, which made a total of 3,092 cases, and the facial type was observed in 2,522, or 81.2 per cent. He accounts for this high frequency by the lymphatic drainage from this area, adding that the face is more easily involved, both by trauma and by bacterial infection, than other protected parts of the body. All of this is covered in detail by his paper.
Tice in "Practice of Medicine" states that 90 per cent of cases are situated on the face, and that the next most common site is on the leg, which comprises about 8 per cent. He states that it usually starts from some abrasion, or sore, but he
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