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September 1957


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1934 Spruce St., Philadelphia

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(3):360-361. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550210086013

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To the Editor: My interest in Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae infection (Erysipelothrix Rhusiopathiae Infection in Swine and in Human Beings, Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 50:151, 1944) motivates me in commenting on Dr. John S. Skinner's report on "Seal Finger" in the April 1957, issue of A. M. A. Archives of Dermatology.

An important consideration of "seal finger" is whether it is an infection with Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae (erysipeloid of Rosenbach). The source of infection of "seal finger" and the clinical symptoms suggest E. rhusiopathiae infection.

Dr. Skinner made no mention of the publication of Svenkerud, Rosted, and Thorshaug, "A Disease of Seals Similar to Swine Erysipelas" (Nord. Vet. Med. 3:147, 1951; abstracted, Vet. Bull. 22:3623, 1952). These authors isolated from cutaneous lesions in seals an aerobic, nonmotile, rod-shaped bacillus that resembled E. rhusiopathiae. The cutaneous lesions resembled those occurring in swine from this infection. They thought the organism isolated belonged to the

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