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July 1948


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University Medical School, Edward A. Oliver, M.D., Chairman.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1948;58(1):56-63. doi:10.1001/archderm.1948.01520200059008

AT PRESENT most dermatologists consider roentgen epilation the most efficient form of treatment for tinea capitis, particularly for the type caused by Microsporon audouini. In the last few years this fungus has been the predominant causative agent of the prevailing tineal infections of the scalp of children in the eastern and central parts of the country. On the basis of my experience with about 1,000 patients treated with roentgen epilation, I definitely support this view. In the hands of the skilled operator roentgen epilation is safe and effective. To many patients and their parents, however, any therapeutic measure that produces baldness for several months is still rather drastic and objectionable. Then, too, in many communities where the disease is prevalent this form of treatment is not available because of the lack of proper equipment and trained personnel. It is obvious, therefore, that there is still ample room in the armamentarium

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