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August 1931

FUMIGATION AS AN AID IN THE CONTROL OF SUPERFICIAL FUNGUS INFECTIONS

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LOS ANGELES

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1931;24(2):283-287. doi:10.1001/archderm.1931.01450010290012
Abstract

No originality is claimed for the idea of fumigation, as this procedure has doubtless been used on numerous occasions to achieve sterilization of material contaminated by fungi, just as it has been used in connection with such infectious diseases as smallpox, scarlet fever, etc. But, curiously enough, it has rarely been mentioned in the voluminous literature that has been accumulating during the past few years on infections of the skin due to fungi, and judging by conversations with a number of colleagues, it seems to be a phase of the treatment that has been largely neglected.

The amazing spread of epidermophytosis or ringworm of the foot has forced this condition on the attention of the entire population, until at present it is dividing honors with acute respiratory infections, such as common colds, sinusitis, etc., for popular attention. The problem is greater than a matter of individual treatment; the disease

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