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April 1944


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(4):253. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510100029008

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Within the past four years I have seen 40 private patients because of a dermatitis of the eyelids. In most of them both upper lids have been involved and in about half of the number one or both lower lids as well. Because of the discomfort and disfigurement caused by the eruption, 36 of these patients have cooperated in an attempt to learn the cause of the trouble.

Investigation was made by (a) a carefully taken history; (b) patch tests with suspected substances; (c) elimination of suspected substances and observation of results, and (d) examination of other portions of the body, especially of the hands and the face, for small patches of dermatitis. It should be borne in mind that the eyelids are so much more sensitive than most of the skin that an irritating contact may cause an eruption of the lid and produce only slight

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