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November 1950

CONTACT DERMATITIS DUE TO SYNTHETIC RESINS IN SHOE LININGS

Author Affiliations

BUFFALO

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, University of Buffalo School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(5):671-680. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530180060012
Abstract

DERMATITIS due to materials used in the manufacture of shoes has been reported from time to time. Burgess1 reported four cases due to leather, canvas or fabrikoid® linings. Shaw2 reported 22 cases due to such things as tanning chemicals, antimildew compounds, polishes and dyes. Gaul and Underwood3 recently reported cases due to a wide variety of materials employed in the manufacture of shoes, and Robins4 recorded cases of dermatitis due to substances used in shoes. No one has, however, stressed the importance of resinous linings as a cause of contact dermatitis. Perhaps the reason is that until recently artificial leathers were simple cellulose nitrate-coated materials. Since World War II a diverse number of resins have been employed as partial linings, particularly in women's shoes.

The purpose of this paper is to indicate the importance of synthetic resins used as partial linings in

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