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July 1957

An Experimental Study of Tinea Pedis and Onychomycosis of the Foot

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(1):70-79. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550190074014

So much has been written about the subject of athlete's foot that one can hardly add still another paper to an already mountainous pile without some justification. We thought we could gain some fresh appreciation of this disease by studying it experimentally in a prison population. With this group it was possible to do a number of things which would otherwise have been rather difficult. Rigid control over the subjects, adult males in the age range of 20-50 years, offered many experimental advantages.

Total Mycological Survey of the Foot

The first part of the study had two objectives: (a) the setting up of reliable clinical criteria of infection; and (b) establishing correlations between interdigital, plantar, and nail infections on the same foot. Both feet of 100 consecutive subjects chosen without selection were examined; in each case particular attention was paid to the interdigital