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April 1954

TRICHOPHYTON TONSURANS INFECTION IN TINEA CAPITIS SURVEY

Author Affiliations

GALVESTON, TEXAS

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

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1954;69(4):438-440. doi:10.1001/archderm.1954.01540160040007
Abstract

THIS STUDY of childhood tinea capitis in the largest city of Arizona (Phoenix) was stimulated by a search of the literature which failed to reveal the incidence or indeed the occurrence of infections caused by the organism Trichophyton tonsurans in this area. Pipkin, in his classic paper, stated that he received reports of two cases of favus in adults who resided in this state, but infections due to other endothrix fungi were not mentioned. The reports from various observers in Texas, including Pipkin, Seale (personal communication), Walton, Livingood, and Mullins (previous work and statistics at the University of Texas School of Medicine), recorded a relatively high incidence of T. tonsurans scalp infections in that state. The experience of Wilson (cited by Pipkin) in Southern California indicates that there is a similar relatively high incidence of this type of infection in that part of the country. It is agreed that

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