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February 1937

SHOES: A SOURCE OF REINFECTION IN RINGWORM OF THE FEET

Author Affiliations

Research Mycologist, Parke, Davis & Co. DETROIT

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;35(2):203-210. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01470200003001
Abstract

After attempts made by us1 several years ago to determine the source of recurrences of ringworm, it was decided to investigate the possibility of shoes acting as a residual source of infection. It is unfortunate that at this time only a preliminary report can be given, but we hope to increase the series to at least one hundred cases in the near future and to publish a complete report at that time.

Although fungous infections of the feet are common at present and widely disseminated, in the past most of our efforts toward eradication of the disease have dealt with the individual patient. A number of articles, however, have been written on sterilization of shoes and clothing and prevention of spread in such places as showers and locker rooms, among which may be listed the papers of Ayres, Anderson and Youngblood,2 Williams,3 Henderson,4 Osborne and Hitchcock

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