A recent article by Sigel1 calls attention to the tradition that mycosis fungoides is much less frequent in the Negro than in the white person and quotes a number of other dermatologists, mostly from the West, to the same effect. A brief survey of modern textbooks on dermatology shows that their authors express the same opinion. In 1911 Strobel and Hazen2 expressed the same opinion in reporting a case. They quoted Bloodgood as having seen 1 previous case. In 1914 Bernard Wolff3 reported another example.
Only one author has reported a long series of personally observed consecutive cases of cutaneous diseases in the Negro.4 He reported observations on 11,729 consecutive cases of cutaneous diseases, excluding syphilis, in the Negro in Washington, D. C.; 9 cases of mycosis fungoides were found. The opinion was then expressed that the disease was less frequent than in the white race.
HAZEN HH. MYCOSIS FUNGOIDES AND SIMILAR CONDITIONS IN THE NEGRO. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;55(1):111–112. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archderm.1947.01520010115014
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