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December 1957

Atypical Favus of the Scalp: A Report of Two Patients with the Seborrheic Form

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AMA Arch Derm. 1957;76(6):740-751. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550240058012

Atypical favus of the scalp is not clearly described in the American or British literature except possibly in the description found in McCarthy's book.1 Two patients with the seborrheic form were hospitalized in an Army hospital,* but only after a translation was made of a part of Sabouraud's "Les Teignes,"2 as well as of some of his other works, could their disease be fully understood. Some of this information, in addition to data from other sources, was thought to be of interest and will be considered along with the report of the two patients.

Historical Background

The best description of atypical favus of the scalp is contained in a paper by Sabouraud (1864-1936) published in 1909.3 In this paper he quotes Aubert who, in 1880, stated: "The only truly practical distinction from a diagnostic point of view is that which groups all favus

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