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May 1960

Treatment of Tinea Pedis with Griseofulvin

Author Affiliations

U.S. ARMY; U.S. ARMY; U.S. ARMY; Fort Sam Houston, Texas

From the Dermatology Service, Brooke Army Hospital, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston (Col. Prazek, Capt. Ferguson, Capt. Comer); Mycologist, 4th U.S. Army Medical Laboratory, Fort Sam Houston (Miss McNeil).

AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(5):821-826. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730050177032

Introduction  Tinea pedis is considered by many to be of relatively minor importance as a source of comfort and incapacitation. Although this ordinarily holds true, situations which prevent proper hygiene of the feet can convert this disease into an important cause of manpower loss. Perhaps the most provocative example of this fact is encountered in a review of records of the armed forces during the last three prolonged combat situations. Therefore, any preparation which can control this disease during times of stress when normal foot care may be neglected will prove to be a modality of great value to the civilian population and particularly to military personnel.The subject of tinea pedis has been covered thoroughly by other authors, and particularly well by Strauss and Kligman.1 Our observations of the disease process, causative organisms, and diagnostic procedures paralleled their report so closely that a complete discussion on these aspects

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