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February 1951


AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1951;63(2):279-283. doi:10.1001/archderm.1951.01570020113024

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Chronic Atopic Dermatitis, with Pronounced Mercury Sensitivity: Partial Clearing After Extraction of Teeth Containing Mercury Amalgam Fillings. Presented by Dr. H. H. Johnson, Dr. I. L. Schonberg and Dr. Norman F. Bach (by invitation).  Mr. A. K., a 32 year old white veteran, was admitted to the Dermatology Service, Crile Veterans Administration Hospital, on Nov. 16, 1949, with the chief complaint of eczematoid dermatitis, present with remissions for six years. He had had eczema in childhood. In 1943 he was hospitalized on three occasions with severe generalized exfoliative dermatitis, occurring each time after contact with metallic mercury with which he worked in a physics laboratory. The same year he had six mercury amalgam fillings placed in his teeth. From 1943 onward he had a constant patch of eczema on the upper lip, and during the final two years of Army service he was hospitalized 15 times in various Army hospitals

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