It has long been established1 that Japanese lacquer is a dermal irritant, but it was Pusey's report2 of a case of lacquer dermatitis, solved through the ingenious work of L. F. Weber, which aroused particular interest in the subject in this country.
Soon after that, Wayson3 reported cases in canneries, where every can passed through a hot bath of a commercial lacquer and gasoline and often caused papulovesicular dermatitis among the workers.
When the game of mah jong became popular in this country, instances of dermatitis venenata from lacquer on the boxes of mah jong sets were recognized and reported.4
The fact that lacquered bowls, plates and cups are in use and that they may be the source of irritation has received little if any attention. The following report of a case illustrates this and also demonstrates the need for better interpretation of cause and effect.
HOLLANDER L, SHELTON JM. DERMATITIS DUE TO JAPANESE LACQUERREPORT OF A CASE OF INVOLVEMENT OF FIFTEEN YEARS' DURATION. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;36(5):1081–1083. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01480050147022
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