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May 1962


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180 Wentworth St. Charleston, S.C.

Arch Dermatol. 1962;85(5):646-647. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590050076019

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To the Editor:  The interesting case report of tinea nigra palmaris by Dr. J. M. Hitch of Raleigh, N.C., which appeared in Arch. Derm. 84:318 again points up the need for some form of national or universal registry if we are to have a true idea of the incidence of some of the less common diseases. While I have a strong aversion to any form of governmental interference or partnership in most projects, it might be necessary in a situation such as this.Dr. Hitch notes that only 7 cases before his were committed to the literature. I immediately recalled a case in my own practice, in 1960, seen in an 8-year-old girl, originating in South Carolina. She developed the discoloration in the right palm, hypothenar area, in 1958 and had it for a year and a half before coming to me. Close questioning of the family failed to show

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