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May 1960

Favus Treated with Griseofulvin

Author Affiliations

Miami, Fla.

Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(5):802-805. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730050158028

In the United States favus is considered to be reasonably uncommon, though not rare. At the turn of the century, in larger population centers, especially in and about New York City, favus was more frequently observed. It occurred in immigrants from the eastern part of Europe, and the older text books carried longer descriptions of the disorder, giving in more detail the various clinical manifestations which might occur. Acquired cases of favus in hospital attendants have been reported,1 and endemic cases of favus have occurred in native-born Americans who have never travelled from various parts of the country.2-4 In the Miami area we had but a single case of favus under observation when griseofulvin was introduced, and this patient was resident in the New York area. Contact was made when she returned to Miami Beach for a winter vacation in the spring of 1959, and treatment was instituted

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