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April 1927


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From the Laboratory of Dermatological Research, University of Pennsylvania.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1927;15(4):415-450. doi:10.1001/archderm.1927.02370280031002

The subject will be arranged under the following headings.

  1. Nomenclature and Classification: Bringing out the attitude of the taxonomist and the bearing it has on the selection of an appropriate name for these intertriginous (primarily and essentially) ringworms.

  2. Etiology: The flora of normal skins. The rôle of bacteria, blastomycetes and hyphomycetes—are the last mentioned solely responsible for everything charged against them in epidermophytosis? A catalog and distribution (anatomic and geographic) of the various species reported. The status of the dermatophytids.

  3. Laboratory Diagnosis.

  4. Hygiene: The viability of ringworm material "extra corpore."

  5. Histopathology.

  6. Rational Therapeutics: What can the laboratory offer in this direction?

Before proceeding to the body of this paper, I wish to say that I have attempted to present the case in such a way that the reader will maintain a point of view in which he can judge the situation for himself; I

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