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September 1959

Tinea Capitis: Effects of Nutritional Status

AMA Arch Derm. 1959;80(3):346. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560210088017

A relationship between tinea capitis and nutritional status has been suggested by a recent survey among natives of the Belgian Congo. The disease was found to occur more frequently among children from communities in which the diet was low in proteins and was detected in 45 of 49 children under treatment for a protein-deficiency disease (kwashiorkor).1-3

A survey was made of cases of tinea capitis seen at the Children's Center, (1 E. 104th St., New York) during a one-year period, 1957-1958. The Center, a unit of the Department of Welfare of the City of New York, admits neglected children from economically deprived homes for temporary shelter. At the Center, they receive a diet which meets established standards of vitamin, caloric, and protein intake and are under medical supervision.

On admission, the children are given routine medical examinations which include inspection of their scalps. At

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