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May 1938


Author Affiliations


From the Skin and Cancer Unit, the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital, Columbia University.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;37(5):823-839. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480110089008

It is sometimes possible to recognize that an infection of the skin is caused by a particular pathogenic fungus from the characteristic cutaneous manifestations. Thus, it is well known that the bilateral, superficial, circumscribed, erythematous and scaly eruption of the upper part of the inner aspect of the thigh is commonly caused by Epidermophyton cruris. One may often suspect that an infection of the scalp is caused by Microsporon lanosum from the history of contact with an infected animal, the short duration, the tendency to spontaneous cure and the inflammatory character of the lesions. Infections of the scalp caused by Microsporon audouini, Trichophyton violaceum, Microsporon fulvum and Achorion schoenleinii may exhibit clinical characteristics which lead one to suspect the identity of the fungus causing the infection. Infections of the skin due to Monilia albicans and the lesions of blastomycosis, actinomycosis and sporotrichosis have clinical expressions characteristic of the infecting organism.

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