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May 1946

TREATMENT OF TINEA CAPITIS WITH ROENTGEN RAYS

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the Skin and Cancer Unit of the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital, Columbia University.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1946;53(5):458-470. doi:10.1001/archderm.1946.01510340024003
Abstract

THE present epidemic of tinea capitis in New York city has offered opportunities to study the various methods of treating this disease and, in particular, the different procedures for epilating the scalp with roentgen rays. At the time of writing, we understand that the epidemic is nationwide. Our authority for this statement is from personal communications with dermatologists in different sections of the country. No one knows the exact number of cases of ringworm of the scalp in New York city, but estimates run in the neighborhood of 5,000. A vast amount of clinical material is essential to corroborate physical measurements and mathematical calculations. American dermatologists have been using for many years the Adamson-Kienboeck five point method for epilating the scalp, with uniform success. In various dermatologic centers, notably in Europe and Australia, experts advocate technics utilizing three, four, five and even seven focal points. The four point

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