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January 1938


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;37(1):35-42. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480070038005

As far as we have been able to ascertain, there are no reports on record dealing with any action of tetra-ethyl lead gasoline on the hair. Therefore, we are reporting a series of experiments which show that when this substance is applied to the hairy skin of experimental animals temporary loss of hair results and that if such applications are continued over a sufficient period death of the animal follows. Although we are not certain that this phenomenon has any bearing on loss of hair in human beings, the following report is that of a case of alopecia areata (totalis) which originally aroused our interest in this subject:

REPORT OF A CASE  C. H. P., an American-born white man aged 43, reported to us on Aug. 5, 1935, complaining of loss of every hair on his body. He stated that he had worked as an automobile mechanic for fifteen years,

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