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December 1934


Author Affiliations

Captain Medical Reserve Corps

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;30(6):841-842. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460180083013

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Ringworm of the feet is a common condition, the incidence ranging from zero in young children to almost 100 per cent in college athletes.

The average case of dermatomycosis pedis does not present a momentous problem, but nearly all, with increased exercise, heat, moisture or trauma, become acute from time to time. Acute cases are dangerous, because the fissures and denuded areas become portals of entry for the streptococcus, and many valuable training hours are lost while the patient reports to sick-call.

The following study was made at Fort Crook, Neb., in August 1932 at the Citizen's Military Training Camp. Through the courtesy of Major Carl Hutter, post surgeon, the feet of 123 regular enlisted men of the Seventeenth Infantry also were examined.

The diagnosis of ringworm was made on clinical manifestations only. Definite scaling was considered pathologic, and was taken as the basic type of lesion. Many candidates presented

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