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February 1947


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;55(2):258-259. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520020113012

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From time to time various authors have reported the incidence of the types of organisms causing tinea capitis in different parts of the world. So far as can be determined there have been no published reports of this nature from this section of the United States. In the face of widespread epidemics of tinea capitis currently noted in other parts of the country it is thought worth while to record the character of the disease in this area.

Between July 1942 and February 1946, 22 consecutive patients with ringworm of the scalp have been seen from whom cultures of infected hairs were made. Three were Negroes and the remaining 19 were white. Their ages ranged from 2 to 9 years; 15 were boys and 7 were girls. The infections were from one week to twelve weeks in duration when first seen.

In 21 cases Microsporum lanosum was cultured, while in

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