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August 1940


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(2):302-307. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490140066013

Plantar warts are generally classed as minor dermatologic conditions, yet they are encountered so often and can be so troublesome that I believe a statistical review of the 516 cases I have had in my private practice may prove of value.

Owing to the wide popularity of sports in America, necessitating the use of swimming pools, locker rooms, shower baths and bathing beaches, there has recently been a tremendous increase in the number of plantar warts.

In an excellent paper published in 1919, Wile and Kingery1 settled the question of the infectiousness of warts. They produced lesions of verruca vulgaris, which were both clinically and histologically typical, by injecting intracutaneously a sterile filtrate of wart material.

MacKenna2 recently reported a widespread epidemic of plantar warts among English school children, especially adolescent girls. He stated the belief that individual susceptibility varies greatly but that the virus can secure a