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December 1956

Intertriginous Moniliasis in the Far East Command

Author Affiliations

U. S. Army

AMA Arch Derm. 1956;74(6):620-626. doi:10.1001/archderm.1956.01550120040010

As every dermatologist who has been stationed in the Far East Command* will testify, monilial intertriginous infections in military men during the hot, humid summer months constitute one of the greatest dermatologic problems encountered by American physicians in this part of the world.

The Problem

Upon arrival in Japan during the summer of 1953, I was impressed with the large number of male military patients being treated for skin infections caused by Candida albicans. Women and civilian men were infrequently seen with any evidence of a similar eruption. During each of the past three summers, between 200 and 300 soldiers and airmen in the greater Tokyo area alone have contracted such an infection.

Although this report deals primarily with patients seen and treated in the Tokyo-Yokohama-Zama vicinity, the incidence of cutaneous monilial infections is essentially the same throughout all three countries which comprise the Far

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