THIS article summarizes the results of three large series of experiments performed under the direction of the Research Division of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery of the United States Navy. The object of the experiments was to ascertain as accurately as possible the efficacy of certain fatty acids and their salts in the prophylaxis and treatment of dermatophytosis.1
The first and third studies were made at the United States Naval Disciplinary Barracks, Hart's Island, New York, during the later part of the summer of 1944 and throughout the summer of 1945.2 In these two experiments a comparatively small number of men were studied under the particularly favorable experimental conditions, arising from the fact that the subjects were all prisoners and could be kept under close and constant observation and control. These men were studied by the Hart's Island paired comparison method. This method consists in the application
SULZBERGER MB, KANOF A. UNDECYLENIC AND PROPIONIC ACIDS IN THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF DERMATOPHYTOSIS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;55(3):391–395. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archderm.1947.01520030084013
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