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January 1962

Eye Color in Atopic Dermatitis

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From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Arch Dermatol. 1962;85(1):17-21. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590010023003

Over a period of several years, I have been troubled by the seemingly irrational feeling that an unusual percentage of my patients with atopic dermatitis had brown eyes. During 2 intervals in the past 10 years, records of eye color in consecutive patients with atopic dermatitis have been kept. These records bear out this impression, almost two-thirds of these persons having brown eyes. A guess by a colleague in ophthalmology that the general population of Iowa averages only 40% brown eyes has likewise been proved true in 2 samples of persons used as controls, and the same 40% proportion of brown-eyed individuals occurred in a continuous sampling of patients with skin disease.

Method  The study was begun in 1951 and continued for 2 years. At that time a departmental move interrupted the study, and it was temporarily put aside, then resurrected in 1957, and continued to the present time. Because

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