One of the major problems confronting physicians during the war years was the epidemic of ringworm of the scalp. This disease of children below the age of puberty has always been a serious menace to public health all over the world during the period of a major war and its accompanying devastation. The reasons for its spread to epidemic proportions during such periods are primarily lack of parental observation and control, as well as uncleanliness. The epidemic which occurred in this country during the last debacle began with a few scattered and sporadic cases in various cities and gradually fanned out to involve the entire country. At the height of the epidemic, as many as 1,000 new cases a year were encountered in the active clinics of medical institutions. It is a great tribute to American medicine that recognition of the severity, contagion and extent of the disease brought forth
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