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December 1940


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(6):993-1014. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490180002001

In May 1939 an insurance company requested the examination of a group of men employed in a tannery near Chicago. These men had instituted suit against the tannery, claiming that a peculiar depigmentatiori of the skin, which had developed on their forearms and hands, was the result of wearing a certain type of rubber glove. A visit was made immediately to the tannery, and on the first day 20 of these men were examined. All of them showed this unusual type of depigmentation, some more than others. Thirteen of them were Negroes, 3 were Mexicans and 4 were white. In 7 of the Negroes and in 2 of the Mexicans the depigmentation was especially evident, extending over the backs of the hands and up the forearms, ending in an abrupt line halfway up the forearms. The involved areas corresponded with those covered by a heavy rubber gauntlet type of glove