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August 1945

CUTANEOUS DISEASES IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC: OBSERVATIONS AMONG MILITARY FORCES

Author Affiliations

MC-V(S), U.S.N.R.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(2):75-86. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510260005001
Abstract

During the past two years it has been my privilege to be attached to a Naval hospital at which large numbers of men returning from the Southwest Pacific have been received for treatment and disposition. A review of the records for the past year reveals that approximately 5 per cent of all admissions to the hospital were to the dermatologic service, and of this number 20 per cent were for fungous diseases of the skin. Of patients seen by me for consultations either from the other services in the hospital or from the outlying Naval and Marine activities to which I am consultant, a diagnosis of fungous disease was made for 20 per cent. Thus, the need for prompt recognition and institution of proper treatment of these diseases is apparent, lest they become epidemic among the enlisted personnel. Although no rare diseases have been encountered, patients

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