There have been few studies regarding dermatologic conditions in the American Indian. In 1913 Lain1 reported his findings and impressions after examining 5,000 Indians of the so-called uncivilized tribes in western Oklahoma. It was noted that there was no evidence of cutaneous malignancy, pellagra, psoriasis, herpes zoster, tinea of the skin, dermatitis herpetiformis, sarcoma, alopecia, ichthyosis, erythema multiforme, erysipelas, or sycosis vulgaris. Eczema was found to be the most common skin disease, although Lain believed that the incidence was not as high as in the general population.
In 1939 Fox2 reported his observations on a group of Oklahoma Indians examined in a dermatology clinic set up during the Indian State Fair at Craterville Park, Okla. Fox found nothing of dermatologic interest. He noted, however, that "prurigo" was one of the most commonly encountered conditions.
Recently, light-sensitive eruptions in Indians have been reported. Brandt,3 in his observations of
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