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March 1944


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(3):191-193. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510090037008

Dermatitis of the feet due to shoes, although long recognized, has been considered a comparatively rare condition. Niles1 reported2 cases, Lord and Wolfe2 2 cases, Lewis3 2 cases, Anderson and Ayres4 1 case, Burgess5 5 cases and Beerman6 2 cases. This report is based on observations in 22 cases of the disease encountered in practice in the past three years, which indicates that it is much more frequently seen, at least in Chattanooga, than is ordinarily supposed. In every instance the diagnosis was confirmed by positive reactions to patch tests with the materials from which the shoes were made. New methods and materials employed in the preparation and manufacture of shoes may be in part responsible for the apparent increase in the incidence of this eruption. Yet it is believed that the diagnosis is frequently missed, since