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To the Editor:—
There is an article entitled "Contact Dermatitis Due to Resin-Finished Facing in Cotton Underwear," by Dr. Harry Keil, in the February 1943 issue (Arch. Dermat. & Syph.47:242, 1943). In the introductory paragraph, the author thus explains the fact that the lengthy article was written on observations in 1 case: "This instance was deemed worthy of a separate report because the data collected shed light on the precise cause of the eruption, its pathogenesis and other related phenomena." It is seldom that I go out of my way to criticize the overestimation that an author makes of the worth of his article, but as the subject of dermatitis from fabric finishes was first brought to the attention of dermatologists by my studies and as I have a continuing interest in the subject, I wish to make the following comments on the article in question.
The author does not describe the garment. One can only infer that it was a white knit cotton union suit containing no admixture of wool.
Schwartz L. CONTACT DERMATITIS DUE TO RESIN-FINISHED FACING IN COTTON UNDERWEAR. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;47(5):697–698. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01500230087016