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August 1941


Author Affiliations

Marshfield, Wis.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;44(2):317-319. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01500020172024

To the Editor:—  Dr. Seymour J. White's remarks1 concerning my paper on staphylococcic impetigo contagiosa2 revived the discussion of Sabouraud's claim that all impetigo contagiosa is streptococcic in origin. The fact that, as far as I can see, all experimental work on impetigo contagiosa for nearly a generation has disproved Sabouraud's views led me to the belief that this old controversy was only of historical interest. Therefore, I restricted the discussion of this subject in my paper to a few remarks.3 It would be tempting to show in detail how and why Sabouraud failed and refused to recognize the separate entity of a staphylococcic impetigo contagiosa,4 but this would exceed the space for a letter. Therefore, I shall discuss only Dr. White's points in the order presented in his letter. I should like to emphasize again that the conception of a staphylococcic type of impetigo contagiosa