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January 1965

RE: CANDELA PA DEN: CHUTTA CANCER SECONDARY TO ADDA POGA

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Division of Dermatology West Virginia University Medical Center Morgantown, W Va 26506

Arch Dermatol. 1965;91(1):94. doi:10.1001/archderm.1965.01600070100026

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Abstract

To the Editor:  I write with reference to the paper by Stanley Schoenfeld and Philip C. Hoszberger entitled "Palatal Leukokeratosis Secondary to Candela pa Den" [Arch Derm 90:89 (July) 1964].In keeping with the exotic flavor of local dialects, I use the term from Southern India, "Adda Poga," meaning "reverse smoking." I wish to point out to the authors that this habit of smoking with the lit end inside the mouth has been reported in the literature:

  1. Reddy, D. G.; Reddy, D. B.; and Rao, P. R.: Experimental Production of Cancer With Tobacco, Tar, and Heat, Cancer 13:263, 1960.

  2. Reddy, D. G., and Rao, V. K.: Cancer of Palate in Costal Andhra Due to Smoking Cigars With Lit End Inside the Mouth, Indian J Med Science 11:791, 1957)

Holzberger and Schoenfeld state, "It seems remarkable that such abuse, though producing a baroque version of a precancerous lesion

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