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November 1929


Author Affiliations

Professor of Dermatology and Syphilology, Temple University Medical School; Medical Director of the Skin and Cancer Hospital of Philadelphia; Dermatologist, Samaritan Hospital; Professor of Physiologic Chemistry, Temple University Medical School PHILADELPHIA

From the Dermatologic Clinic of the Samaritan Hospital and from the Department of Physiologic Chemistry of the Temple University Medical School.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;20(5):705-711. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.01440050115009

The probable relationship between metabolic errors and certain cutaneous diseases has received the increasing attention of dermatologists within recent years. As a result, numerous studies dealing principally with sugar metabolism and uric acid in such dermatoses as acne vulgaris, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema and furunculosis have made their appearance in dermatologic literature.

This paper is concerned with the study of the sugar metabolism in acne vulgaris. Acne vulgaris has been studied from this angle by such observers as Schwartz, Highman and Malinkin,1 Levin and Kahn.2 Schwartz and his associates reported hyperglycemia in acne vulgaris, and the studies of Levin and Kahn showed a high blood sugar in over 50 per cent of their thirty-eight patients with this condition.

This study of the sugar metabolism in acne vulgaris was undertaken in the hope of determining whether or not hyperglycemia is limited to a particular type of acne; whether the increase in

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