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October 1940


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(4):576-586. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490160036006

In recent years dermatophytosis pedis has been receiving major consideration because of its rapid and universal spread and its frequent resistance to prophylaxis and treatment. Morginson1 estimated that 10 per cent of all cutaneous infections treated today are due to fungi. He stated that in a recent survey at the University of Pennsylvania 59.7 per cent of 1,073 students examined were found to be infected. Legge, Bonar and Templeton2 conducted a similar survey at the University of California and found that of 1,000 freshmen entering the university, 51.5 per cent were infected; at the end of the first semester this number was increased to 78.6 per cent.

A review of the literature on the treatment of dermatophytosis pedis reveals a variety of therapeutic procedures, with many variables in the results obtained. In their study conducted at the University of California over many years, Legge, Bonar and Templeton3

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