A LARGE number of cases of dermatologic diseases developed among the American troops stationed on the Southwest Pacific island of New Guinea and the small islands adjacent for a radius of several hundred miles in the years 1943, 1944 and 1945. In this group of skin diseases a lichenoid form of dermatitis stood out as a major medical problem. It usually appeared in persons who had been in New Guinea for at least three months and in most cases on an average of nine to twelve months or longer. The soldiers affected had been taking quinacrine hydrochloride (atabrine) regularly for the suppression of malaria and were living solely on K or C rations for months at a time under field conditions in the tropical jungle, and fresh meat, vegetables and fruits were practically never included in their diets. Almost all the patients had lost from 10 to 40 pounds (4.5
BERESTON ES, CHENEY G. VITAMIN B COMPLEX IN THE TREATMENT OF LICHENOID DERMATITIS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1946;54(4):425–431. doi:10.1001/archderm.1946.01510390050004
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