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June 1947

Tropical Medicine

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;55(6):866. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520060128019

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Because of the continued emphasis on a book of a short practical type of text, especially for the general practitioner, there is not a great deal of material on tropical dermatology included. The emphasis has been on tropical medicine, especially in India. The section on microscopy is of practical value. The following dermatologic diseases are considered briefly: chagomata, leishmaniasis, mycoses, tropical ulcer, ainhum, tungiasis, Hodgkin's disease, leprosy, yaws, plague, carbunculosis, pellagra, ariboflavinosis, dermatitis solaris, larva migrans and syphilis.

Because of brevity, some controversial material in regard to tropical dermatology is included. This is especially true of "espundia," in which oronasal involvement is reported to occur in some 80 per cent of the cases. This figure is unusually high except in some heavy endemic areas. Contrary to the authors, oronasal involvement as yet has not been reported in Mexico. This is another argument for discarding a confusing colloquial term in general

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