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October 1945

DISEASES OF THE SKIN AMONG THE NATIVES OF NORTHEAST NEW GUINEA

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

From the Dermatology Section, 35th General Hospital.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(4):247-248. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510280031006

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Abstract

In New Guinea interest in dermatology has been greatly stimulated by the fact that diseases of the skin are responsible for 20 per cent of the total general admissions to hospitals as well as for a large percentage of evacuations to the United States. The reasons for this unusual prevalence are not within the scope of this paper. However, it was thought that a report on the incidence of various types of cutaneous diseases in the native population of northeast New Guinea might be of some interest and value in forming a foundation on which future studies might be based.

One thousand and forty-seven persons selected at random from a work compound and a nearby native hospital were examined. The great majority of the 260 hospital patients had been admitted because of nondermatologic medical and surgical conditions. With the exception of 15 women and 10 children the subjects were

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