While patients with diseases of the skin constitute but 2 per cent of a total number of 73,016 ex-service men hospitalized and discharged by the U. S. Veterans Bureau, nevertheless, the economic loss, as represented in the cost to the government in 1927 for the compensation for disabilities resulting from diseases of the skin, totaled $1,600,853.00. This amount was for compensation only and does not include the cost of hospitalization, nor the cost of outpatient care of these patients.
Surely a class of diseases which is accompanied by so much disablement and occupational handicap, and which resulted in the hospitalization of 1,487 bureau beneficiaries during 1927, as well as the dispensary treatment of a large number of these bureau claimants, deserves the careful consideration of dermatologists.
A great many of the diseases of the skin are directly traceable to war service. Among these may be mentioned the cicatrices following mustard
MATZ PB. DISEASES OF THE SKIN AMONG EX-SERVICE MEN. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1928;18(4):549–561. doi:10.1001/archderm.1928.02380160050006
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