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July 1957

Les Traitements actuels des tuberculoses cutanées (Present-Day Treatment of Cutaneous Tuberculosis)

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(1):155. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550190159042

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The University of Lille and its Department of Dermatology is situated in the north, which has always been the most phthisogenic region of France because of its severe climate, the harsh nature of many of its occupations, such as mining, and the presence of many North Africans, who tolerate this transplantation poorly. For these reasons the material available at the Dermatologic Clinic is one of the most substantial in the world. Two new cases monthly have been seen regularly for the past 15 years, and this monograph deals with 369 observations of cutaneous tuberculosis seen between 1941 and 1956. They may be classed as follows: lupus 53.8%, scrofuloderma 15.6%, ulcerovegetative and gummatous tuberculosis 10.7%, tuberculosis verrucosa cutis 9.6%, tuberculids 8.4%, inoculation chancres 1.9%. Aside from pulmonary lesions, the skin is one of the most frequently attacked organs.

The authors develop current ideas of the pathogenesis and follow this with

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