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November 1931


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Secretary April 3, 1931; President

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1931;24(5):884-888. doi:10.1001/archderm.1931.01450010896016

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A Case of Sensitiveness to Mercury. Presented by Dr. F. D. Weidman for Dr. J. B. Ludy.

There is nothing curious about the case presented except that there was a flare-up in connection with two different preparations of mercury. R. J., 24 years of age, had pediculosis pubis ; he treated himself with blue ointment procured at a drug store, and the parasites disappeared. About three or four weeks after the first attack, the patient complained of itching. He then bought mild mercurous chloride from a druggist, using it as a dusting powder on the skin; following that treatment a dermatitis developed which is seen now. It is folliculitis extending from the inguinal region down to the inside of the thighs and buttocks—a common picture of postmercurial dermatitis. The interesting feature of the case is that the dermatitis appears to have been provoked by the application of mild mercurous chloride, which

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