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To the Editor: I appreciate Dr. Joseph Klauder's letter and remarks about my recent report in your Archives. His interest in Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae infection is well known and he lends additional support to those who relate erysipeloid to seal finger. That they are the same disease or are caused by the same or related organism has been considered by Jellison (1951), Hillenbrand (1953), and others.
Other observers have isolated other organisms from their cases. "Svenkerud, Rosted, and Thorshaug (1950) isolated corynebacterium phocea from lesions in seals which they think may be responsible for infection in man" (Jellison). Thjotta and Kvittingen (1949) found a red pigment producing Micrococcus from each of two cases of seal finger (Jellison).
It is unfortunate that the case reported in my article was not recognized before penicillin therapy had been given so that adequate culture procedures could have been carried out. It is felt that no
Skinner JS. SEAL FINGER. AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(3):361. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550210086015
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