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January 1938

STOMATITIS VENENATA: REPORT OF A CASE OF SENSITIVITY OF THE MUCOUS MEMBRANES AND THE SKIN TO OIL OF ANISE

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LOUISVILLE, KY.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;37(1):70-81. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480070073009
Abstract

Contact dermatitis is perhaps encountered more frequently in dermatologic practice than is any other single cutaneous condition. One has but to read Weber's1 list of cutaneous irritants or the articles of Downing,2 Foerster3 or Sulzberger4 on industrial dermatoses to realize the importance of diseases in this classification. There is probably no chemical or drug yet discovered or synthesized to which no one possesses cutaneous hypersensitivity.

When one considers the numerous objects which enter the mouth, such as foods, liquors, lozenges, gargles, mouth rinses, artificial dentures, tooth-pastes and tooth-powders and tobacco, one cannot refrain from being a bit curious as to why more cases of stomatitis venenata are not encountered. Do the mucous membranes possess a selective immunity, or do many cases of the condition exist and go unrecognized? Are so-called idiopathic glossitis, cheilitis and stomatitis sometimes of contact origin ? These and many other unanswered questions

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